The ink in the MMA record books had barely dried from marking Jon Jones’ (Pictured) latest victory when UFC president Dana White announced his light heavyweight champion’s next title defense. Although Jones isn’t getting much time to enjoy his greatest accomplishment, the 24-year-old is anxious to ace his next exam.
“I feel great that I already have a mission and I’m gonna work extremely hard to better myself,” Jones stated at the post-fight press conference. “Dan Henderson is an awesome opponent. He’s a winner. He has a huge fan base – I’m sure the haters are gonna come right away, which I’m ok with.
“There’s just gonna be a lot of things to conquer in this fight. He has extreme knockout power. I don’t know who hits harder between him and [Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson], but he has extreme knockout power and I am excited to conquer.”
For the first time in Jones’ skyrocketing career, he was forced to fight a full 25 minute match. Although “Bones” was hoping to post devastating finishes against each of his 2012 opponents, Rashad Evans proved to be more difficult to dispose of than he anticipated.
Regardless, that doesn’t mean Jones can’t resume his violent streak against Hendo.
“I’m just a big believer in goal-setting,” Jones expressed. “I think if you don’t have goals it’s easy to sway to the left or to the right, and having goals just keeps you on a path and keeps your eyes set on something. So, you can train to hope that you win or you can train to hope you can do something amazing.
“I didn’t finish Rashad, but I still feel good about the performance. My goal will be to finish Dan Henderson, with all due respect.”
White did not report when the light heavyweight shootout would take place. However, Henderson has been riding the pine since November and Jones is on a mission to topple his torrid 5-0 run of 2011. So expect for the scrap to go down sooner rather than later.