Dan Henderson isn't buying into the Jon Jones hype, says "Bones" has a lot to improve onPosted on November 15, 2011, 01:12 PM by Joey Santosus
"I do think that would be a fight I would enjoy. He’s awkward and unorthodox and it creates something to think about and how to beat that, and that’s what excites me these days. Guys that are a big challenge, and he would be more cause he’s awkward and dangerous at the same time, but I think he matches up really well with me style wise. I’m not one to buy into things too quickly. I’ve been doing this for a long time and seen a lot of guys beat a lot of tough guys really quick and then die out. I think he’s going to be around a long time, he’s just going to get better. But at this point he’s still got a lot to improve on, and he’s athletic and talented and he does learn. He’s got a huge future, but I think he’s got a little ways to go." - For more from Dan Henderson, visit MMAWeekly.com
After his meteoric rise to the top of the division, many have already began to proclaim Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones as one of the all-time greats at 205. But, make no "bones" about it, former PRIDE champ, Dan Henderson, isn't one of them. According to "Hendo", the 24-year-old presents an exciting challenge, but at this point, still has a lot to improve on before the veteran is willing to buy into what some are selling.
Henderson (28-8) posted a 3-2 mark in his latest UFC stint before jumping ship to sign with Strikeforce when the two parties failed to come to terms on a contract extension. In the time since, the Team Quest fighter has won three of his last four outings, including victories over Rafael Cavalcante to capture the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight title and, in his latest effort, a first-round TKO win over top ranked Heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko. Set to make his octagon return this Saturday night against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, a victory over the Brazilian will likely put Henderson in line to challenge the winner of UFC 140's headlining bout between Jones and Lyoto Machida. So what do you think LowKick'ers? Could Hendo's "H-Bomb" be the weapon that dethrones Jonny "Bones," or is Machida vs. Shogun III the more likely scenario?
Further Reading: UFC 139: Rua vs. Henderson In-Depth Preview
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