Chael Sonnen: Dan Henderson is greatest P4P fighter of all timePosted on August 21, 2012, 10:03 AM by Anton Gurevich
Sonnen unsurprisingly stated that Dan Henderson has what it takes to hand Jones the first clean defeat in his Mixed Martial Arts career, adding that September 1st winner would become the greatest 205'er in MMA history (via official UFC press release):
"I believe in Hendo - and so should you,” Sonnen said. “If you look at Jon Jones and think of a man who can beat him, you would think of someone with great KO power, the best chin in the sport because – with his reach – Jones is going to hit you, great wrestling and a relentlessly aggressive style. That man already exists – and his name is Dan Henderson.
This fight on September 1 is a fight to determine who’s the greatest ever light heavyweight is. I give Jon Jones his due as a great fighter. He’s beaten some outstanding fighters already and looked impressive each time. He’s already accomplished so much in the sport - just not as much as Dan Henderson."
In just three days, Dan Henderson will celebrate his 42nd birthday. Hendo is 17 years older than Jon Jones, which alone makes his fight at UFC 151 nothing but monumental. But according to Sonnen, not only that Dan Henderson is a sports phenomenon at his age, he's also the greatest P4P fighter of all time:
"Everyone talks about pound-for-pound champions and pound-for-pound achievements. But if you look at what pound-for-pound should mean – who has the ability to beat small fast guys, the ability to knockout big, strong guys, to move through the divisions with your skill-set and win - the only conclusion a rational person would make is Dan Henderson is the pound-for-pound greatest of all time.
Dan beat the 170lbs champion in Carlos Newton, he’s won the PRIDE 183lbs title, the PRIDE 205lbs title, the STRIKEFORCE 205lbs title, and he’s won the two great tournaments in our sport, the UFC tournament back in the day and the PRIDE Grand Prix. All in all he’s beaten 11 world champions in his career. The man is the best of all time. That is who Jon Jones is facing."
Chael Sonnen will make his Light Heavyweight debut on December 29th against Forrest Griffin, with sights on making an immediate title shot statement. It will be interesting to see whether Sonnen stands by his statements in regards to teammates fighting teammates, if he gets on a collision course with his Team Quest mentor - Dan Henderson.