UFC light-heavyweight Dan Henderson was all set to square off with Jon “Bones” Jones for the title until a knee injury led him out of the bout, causing the entire UFC 151 event to go up in flames. “Hendo” has put it all behind him and will likely look to knock out “Suga” Rashad Evans come June 15 at UFC 161: “Evans vs. Henderson”.Â This is an intriguing match because both fighters are in a “must win” situation if they want another opportunity to take a crack at Jones’ 205 lbs title.
The 42-year old is looking to rebound after a decision loss to Lyoto Machida back at UFC 157 in Anaheim, C.A, where Hendo charged “The Dragon” with reckless abandon but couldn’t find the target in time.
Hendo has yet to add a UFC championship to his mantle. He recently spoke about fighting for a title and says he prefers a bout with Bones over a rematch with Anderson Silva.
“I’d like to fight Jon Jones more than I’d like to fight Anderson Silva,” Hendo told MMAFIGHTING. “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. I think the fans have picked up on how he really is as well…Â 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. ”
Add Henderson’s name to the list of folks that dislike Jones.
Henderson (29-9, 6-3 UFC) has traveled and fought all around the world, winning two PRIDE belts and the Strikeforce light-heavyweight title in the process. Hendo has fought for UFC gold twice in his fights with Quinton Jackson and Silva, coming up short both times.
Now set to do battle with another former champion, Henderson has his eyes set on a title shot, while Evans isn’t concerned about holding a belt as much as he just wants to get in the cage.
“Honestly, the whole title shot this and that, it’s not on my mind,” Evans said on the UFC 161 pre-fight conference call. “I just want to go in there and fight, whatever happens after that, happens after that. But honestly, I don’t care.”
These are two fighters you can never count out of a fight. It’s not only Hendo that has the power in his overhand right. Remember back at UFC 88 when Suga blasted “The Iceman” Chuck Liddell and put himself in position to fight Forrest Griffin for the title? Imagine Evans becoming the first man to KO both Liddell and Henderson.
Power is what both of these 205 pounders possess, but they’re also known for having effective wrestling. Evans has great wrestling for MMA, as he closes the distance quickly and has a great double-leg takedown. Henderson is more of an up-close and in-tight wrestler, mauling his opponent in the clinch before he begins to land bombs.
Which light-heavyweight will rise back to title contention?