Dan Henderson (Pictured) isn’t hating on Chael Sonnen for accepting a coaching gig on “The Ultimate Fighter 17” opposite reigning light heavyweight king Jon Jones – which he will then parlay into a title fight on April 27th, despite the fact Sonnen hasn’t competed in the division since 2005 – but Hendo claims handing the chatty wrestler the golden ticket is doing nothing for the growth of mixed martial arts.
“And just to make it clear, I will always hv love for Chael and don’t blame him for saying yes to a big opportunity. But giving him that fight rt now degrades the sport of Mma,” Henderson tweeted Thursday.
Henderson’s post comes a day after he unleashed a sarcastic tweet suggesting he should “quit training to win fights …. and just go to s*** talking school.”
The veteran is suggesting that championship affairs are now being earned by the buzz one can generate outside of the Octagon, as opposed to the accomplishments achieved inside of it.
Henderson was slated to challenge Jones for his crown at UFC 151 until a knee injury forced the 42-year-old to bow out. The former Strikeforce champ would not require surgery to repair the torn MCL in his knee, but would need extensive rehab that would have him riding the pine until at least December.
As we all know full well, the Octagon train waits for no man. So, UFC present Dana White forged ahead and picked someone he said was “the only guy who didn’t turn down Jon Jones.”
Does the move make sense? Probably not, but it will make dollars because Sonnen is the game’s top one-man promoting machine.
White stated during Wednesday’s conference call that he is working on a bout between Henderson and Lyoto Machida, another top contender who is now on the outside looking in.