Dan Henderson has come forward with his preference for his promised UFC title fight, and he is pulling no punches concerning the reasons why. Henderson said that he would rather fight Jon Jones than Rashad Evans due to how their respective styles match up. He had the following to say on the subject:
“I think Jon Jones is a better fight for me. His style matches up better. Jones will stand-up with me more. Rashad is real well-rounded, he’ll stand and bang with me a little, but he’ll be trying to put me on my back—a lot more than Jones would. Jones is real awkward and kind of poses a different threat. He’s awkward, unorthodox and a little tougher to figure out, and that’s also what intrigues me about it—he’s different.” – Via bleacherreport.com
It seems that Henderson has his own reasons to prefer a fight with Jones, and would welcome the challenge. Either fighter brings an incredible skill set to the table and is extremely dangerous. From the look of things, he will enter his title shot with the mentality of keeping the fight standing.
Henderson has been on an absolute tear as of late, besting Rafael Cavalcante for the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight belt, knocking out the legendary Fedor Emelianenko, and then beating Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in what many thought was the best fight of 2011. Dana White has stated that he has earned a title shot in his next fight, and it appears this will most likely be at Light Heavyweight after he said this about fighting at 185 lbs:
“I’m not real keen on fighting 185 right now unless it’s Anderson, so if Chael wins, I’d maybe still fight Anderson. Who knows?”
In any case, expect Dan Henderson’s next fight to be a largely hyped, hotly contested bout.