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Dan Henderson distressed by Chael Sonnen’s title-shot

Legendary light heavyweight Dan Henderson has been a longtime teammate of Chael Sonnen’s. The two have trained together on countless occasions as core members of Team Quest, sharing a passion for hard-work and high-level wrestling while each has excelled inside the ring over the past number of years. On the surface, the relationship might seem to imply Henderson would have been happy to find out Sonnen was awarded a crack at Jon Jones’ championship as was the case earlier this week. However, while “Hendo” may not fault Sonnen in the matter, his reaction to the news has been anything but positive.

“I guess I should just quit training to win fights and to be exciting for the fans and just go to sh*t-talking school,” joked a sarcastic Henderson on Twitter in reaction to Sonnen’s recent elevation to top contender despite his lack of divisional success, directing the message at UFC President Dana White.

A former PRIDE double-division champion, Henderson did not reveal what his next move would be though it is expected he will lock horns with Lyoto Machida in the coming months with the winner facing the man who emerges from an April 27 tilt between Sonnen/Jones with his hand raised.

Henderson was originally thought to be next in line for Jones after laying claim to Strikeforce’s light heavyweight belt, stopping heavyweight great Fedor Emelianenko with strikes, and earning an extremely memorable win over Mauricio Rua in his return to the Octagon. The 42-year old was even booked for a bout with “Bones” in August before an injury forced him out of the affair.

By comparison, Sonnen’s shot at Jones’ strap will mark his first outing in the UFC at 205 pounds in more than five years and comes after losses in two of his last four fights. Rather than performance, the primary reason Sonnen was selected for Jones pertained to his ability to promote the pairing using his notorious smack-spewing skills.

PHOTO CREDIT – STRIKEFORCE/UFC

3 COMMENTS
  • raker says:

    This seems to me that the UFC is really just trying to capitalize and make as much money as possible, as quickly as possible, on an asset that will undoubtedly be losing value quickly. I don’t think that Sonnen will be able to be too competitive at LHW and he’ll quickly lose steam with his brash approach. This is a decision that is all about the bottom line and has nothing to do with the competitive nature of sport. Sad thing is that although I’m disappointed by it to a certain extent, ill probably tune in to watch because it does interest me. Dana is no dummy.

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  • THEGUNNER says:

    Ufc is getting watered down every year. The fighters are doing their best fighting undeserving opponents and fights that dont make sense. They should learn from a s vs bonnar. Number one guy dont fight bottom of the barrel guys thats not gonna be a good fight. Bisping should fight a s next but it makes perfect sense so ufc will probobly have bisping fight weidmin for another fight that makes no sense.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    I have a better suggestion for Dan. Don’t hide major injuries and try and gut it out, only to have to pull out of a main event 8 days before the show. Just be happy it wasn’t you — and your fight camp — getting buried in the media by your boss.

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