After the overwhelming amount of hype leading up to Jon Jones’ successful title-defense against rival Rashad Evans at UFC 145 fans are likely ready for a break from “Bones” addressing matters unrelated to action in the Octagon. It turns out Jones is too.
The 24-year old champion recently reached out to his next opponent – Dan Henderson – in hopes of convincing him to avoid the smack and focus on the smackdown.
“I’m excited about Dan Henderson. He’s a great fighter,” began Jones on the 41-year old veteran in an interview with ESPN’s MMA Live before turning to the topic of trash-talk. “You know, I’ve gone through a lot with Rashad as far as all of the trash talking and I really hope Dan’s listening and I really hope that Dan keeps it classy throughout this fight. I respect him as an older man, I respect him as a warrior and I just hope he keeps it classy and (doesn’t) drag me through another trash-talking bout. Let’s stick to why we’re really here, let’s just fight.”
While “Hendo” may not necessarily be known for being a big talker he’s also comfortable speaking his mind and has already questioned Jones being a “genuine” person.
No date has been set for their fight.
Check out the full interview below: