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Dan Henderson confirmed as next opponent for Jon Jones

The match-up many already believed would happen was confirmed Saturday night when UFC President Dana White announced Dan Henderson will be the next opponent for light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Jones defended his belt in victorious fashion over Rashad Evans in the main event last night at UFC 145, giving him yet another title-win over a former champion.

Previously Jones topped Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Lyoto Machida, and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in championship bouts.

White confirmed Jones’ bout with Henderson could come sooner than expected with a summer date to being looked at. Henderson earned his shot by defeating Rua, the same person Jones took the belt from over a year ago, in addition to recently holding Strikeforce‘s equivalent championship and beating legendary heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko prior to re-joining the UFC.

When asked for his take on Henderson, Jones labeled him as “a great opponent”.

“He’s a winner, and he has a huge fan base, so the haters will come out. He has extreme knockout power, and I’m excited to conquer,” explained Jones of the 41-year old icon.

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9 COMMENTS
  • Creature says:

    Dan Henderson FTW! I cant wait for this fight, all i have to say is Jones better be extra careful unless he wants his face to end up looking like Shoguns after he fought Hendo

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  • Angry Mike says:

    Hendo is an interesting challenge for Jones. With his Greco grappling, Hendo could press Jones on the cage, wear him out, take him down, and look for some old-school gnp. Hendo has a legendary right hand, but he’ll have to stay in Jones’ range to land it. If Hendo stays in Jones’ range, Jones will eat his lunch.

    And I know that MMA math doesn’t mean much, but Shogun v. Hendo was a back and forth war that went five rounds. Both of them were gassed at the end, and Hendo was fading worse than Shogun. Jones stopped Shogun in three, and wasn’t ever in trouble. Jones has manhandled Rampage, Shogun, Evans and Machida, some of the best strikers at 205. Jones wins, and I don’t think it goes the distance. Every time I see him fight, he looks like a bigger version of Anderson Silva, and Silva was one of only a few who stopped Hendo.

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Be interesting. Jones should win but it only takes 1 punch.

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  • MickeyC says:

    Luv to she Hendo win, but I just dont see it going that way.

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  • fitfreak says:

    If he could sustain the pace that he starts with maybe he would have a chance. I see Jones weathering the early storm then finishing Hendo.

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    The one big punch aspect is true but, if you don’t circle into his range for that big punch the chances of it being a factor are diminished. It also requires timing your opponent to land it and with the way Jones moves that will be difficult.

    I see the Hendo match playing out similar to the Evans fight, with Jones being able to dictate range and pace of the fight while keeping Hendo off balance and off his game.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    The difference between Hendo and Suga though, is likely to be that Hendo will actually try for the takedown.

    Rashad did nothing, and his whole basis for Jones being beatable was that he was able to take him down and keep him down in training, then he abandoned the plan. Having ditched it though, his ability to last 5 rounds with Jones is impressive.

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Rashad attemted 4 TDs and paid for it. If a guy says “this is what Im going to do” it doesnt really mean hes going to try to do it. A few mind games I think. Hendo wont try for the TD either. He will use his chin and big right. I keep saying it but I will say it again, Jon Jones has never been taken down and everyone who has tried has paid for it. Rashad tried 4 times and everytime he clinched or tried to grapple he failed and had damage done to him. Machida was finished in the clinch, Hammil put on his back and hammered, Shogun put on his back and smashed, Bader choked, Vera destroyed, Bonnar suplexed, Matyushenko put on his back and wasted, Rampage choked and Rashad was punished and put on his back. Hendo will try to stand with Jones imo.

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  • joe mo mma says:

    The only way Hendo can win this match is to eat punches on the way in and counter the entire fight.. (Rashad had a little success with that one overhand right) Attempting take downs on Jones is going to be useless even with Hendo’s wrestling acumen. Jones’ clinch, TDD, and pure size is just too much for Dan. Hendo’s going to have to throw some massive power in the early rounds and get lucky to get the W here.

    Jones’ game plan here should be pretty clear, take dan down to avoid the power in the early rounds.. throw massive amounts of legs kicks to slow him down.. then pick him apart when he gases..

    even though im pretty confident that Jones will win, I’m still rooting for Hollywood.

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