After steamrolling another former UFC light heavyweight title holder, Jon Jones emerged as (arguably) the most unbeatable fighter in mixed martial arts. Dan Henderson (Pictured) now faces the daunting task of dethroning the reigning 205-pound king.
While Henderson will be a significant underdog against Jones, he does have over 15 years of MMA experience and a couple of H-bombs at his disposal. That’s why the 41-year-old believes he’ll present “Bones” with a multitude of challenges Rashad Evans wasn’t able to.
“Well, he got hit a few times,” Henderson said of where he might be able to expose Jones during FUEL TV’s post-fight show. “It looked like Rashad rocked him a little bit, and that was [while] playing Jones’ game. I’m a totally different-style fighter than Rashad is.
“I feel, out of the two of them, I matchup better with Jones, anyway. I love to fight on the inside and get in the clinch and Jones does that, as well. It’s just a matter of figuring out his unorthodox striking and staying outside of his reach and then getting inside – getting past where he’s most dangerous.”
The only problem is, Jones unleashed a new weapon in his arsenal on Saturday night. Instead of clobbering his opponent with a punch at the end of his UFC-record reach, he cut the distance and shortened his strike to utilize lethal elbow shots. It is now a puzzle Hendo must figure out.
According to the former Strikeforce champion, regardless of how dangerous your nemesis is, everything comes down to X’s and O’s and sticking to what you know.
“You watch some film and you see what guys have tendencies of, but when it comes down to it, you need to focus on your game plan and what you’re going to do to the other guy,” Henderson expressed. “If you’re always focused on what you’re opponent has and what he’s going to do or what he could do, you’re gonna end up getting hit with it.
“I don’t want to stay on the outside, get picked apart and let him think about what goofy stuff he’s gonna throw at me or kick at me. I want to go out there and make sure I’m getting in tight.”
No word on when the light heavyweight shootout will go down.