Fan-favorite Dan Henderson hasn’t fought at 185 pounds for a few years but :Hendo” has never dismissed the possibility of a return to the division if it meant a crack at champion Anderson Silva. However, Henderson’s current sights are set on earning a shot at light heavyweight title and, perhaps more so, the man wearing the belt.
Henderson and Jon Jones came close to meeting last year, though that’s not necessarily why the 42-year old is so anxious for action against “Bones”. Rather, Henderson doesn’t think much of Jones on a personal level and is motivated by emotion.
“I’d like to fight Jon Jones more than I’d like to fight Anderson Silva. Just because I have less respect for him as a person than Anderson. He’s not genuine. I think how he portrays himself is not how he really is,” said Henderson in a conversation captured by MMAFighting. “A lot of it is probably because he’s young and he got catapulted into the public eye, and he’s trying to portray himself in a different way. But he should just be himself.”
The 29-9 Henderson is scheduled to face Rashad Evans in a little more than a week at UFC 161. He was last seen losing a Split Decision to Lyoto Machida, seeing a four-fight winning streak snapped in the process as well.
Jones is currently recovering from a toe injury and is expected to face Alexander Gustafsson when he is healthy enough to compete.