In what seems to be his ongoing quest to turn much of the MMA world against him, UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones is once again speaking openly about matters related to the cancellation of UFC 151 with a specific focus on the behavior of Dan Henderson. The two talented 205ers were scheduled to face each other at the event before Henderson suffered a knee injury and withdrew. While the situation in general didn’t bother Jones, the 25-year old “Bones” hasn’t appreciated some of Henderson’s comments in the wake of the event falling apart.
“I don’t think Henderson handled the situation wisely, by making fun of me for not taking the fight (against Chael Sonnen),” said Jones in an interview with the Toronto Sun. “Dude, you just dodged a bullet and you’re talking trash to me? You got injured and you’re going to talk trash that I didn’t fight Chael?”
As has been well-documented, Jones was offered Sonnen as a late replacement and turned the fight down to the chagrin of his employers, peers, and countless fans across the word.
“He came out with this ad that said, ‘Buy a ‘Hendo’ shirt and get a free Jon Jones shirt to dry your car off with.’ You’re making fun of me, yet you got hurt and dodged a bullet? You’re sitting at home with ice on your knee and I’m here doing pushups again because I thought my camp should have been over. I have stuff to do and you’re sitting around your home playing video games, or whatever you do during the day,” Jones continued, the anger clearly evident in his tone. “Training camps suck. The fight is the fun part. So I’ve got to suffer all over again, do a training camp all over again, and you’re at home, laying down, having somebody feed you soup and you’re going to make fun of me because you got hurt?”
“You should shut up and be grateful you dodged a bullet,” concluded Jones frankly, adding he didn’t care if his opinion bothered people. “There are a lot of people who still love and respect me, but right now it’s kind of cool to hate me.”
Jones will look to do his talking with his fists in a few weeks when he faces Vitor Belfort at UFC 152. If he wins he is expected to face Henderson in his follow-up defense.
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