It wasn’t that long ago, less than a year in fact, when MMA fans were debating whether Dan Henderson (and the Hendo bomb) would be the man to end the reign of UFC light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones. Henderson got hurt, UFC 151 got cancelled, and then he lost by split decision to Lyoto Machida. The Henderson-Jones narrative seemed pretty much dead.
Heading into Henderson’s UFC 161 bout with Rashad Evans, however, the 42 year-old wonder has made some less than flattering comments about Jones. It’s clear that, not surprisingly, Jones remains very much on Henderson’s radar. In a recent report from MMA Fighting.com, the former PRIDE champ was quoted saying:
“I’d like to fight Jon Jones more than I’d like to fight Anderson Silva,” said Henderson. “Just because I have less respect for him as a person than Anderson. He’s not genuine. I think how he portrays himself is not how he really is. I think the fans have picked up on how he really is, as well.”
Interesting, and it’s a rather different perspective from his buddy Chael Sonnen. Of course, everyone is expecting to see Jones fight Alexander Gustafsson next, and depending on what happens between Silva and Chris Weidman on July 6th, the light-heavyweight champ could be booked for a super fight in the coming months. The odds of a Hendo-Jones bout materializing don’t appear to be very good.
Then again, if Henderson can go out and put away Evans in highlight reel fashion, and if a prospective Jones’ opponent gets injured, you never know. Henderson-Jones is a fight a ton of people would still love to see.
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