UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been dominant during his reign at the top of the promotion’s 205-pound division, but there is one fighter that he has not stepped inside of the octagon with and that is mixed martial arts legend Dan Henderson. Many believe Henderson to be a bad stylistic match up for Jones, but Henderson has dropped two fights in a row (via razor close decision) and he has some work to go to get back in the title mix.
When you factor in that Henderson is 42 years old, it doesn’t seem likely that he will ever meet Jones in the cage.
For the champ, that is not big loss. Jones recently said that he has no wishes to fight Henderson, because he would have nothing to gain from taking the bout.
“I have no wishes to fight Dan Henderson,” Jones told MMAmania.com. “Dan Henderson is a guy who, you know, he’s done a lot for this sport already, he’s a lot older. I think he’s a guy a lot of people would expect me to beat anyways. So I have no big dreams of fighting Dan Henderson.”
Jones does have a point.
While Henderson is a legend in the sport, he would likely look slow and completely overwhelmed by the much younger fighters skill set. Besides, Jones could very well be fighting just a few more times at light heavyweight before he makes the jump to the heavyweight division and looks to add another title to his legacy.
If that is the case, Henderson does not have a chance at being in the No. 1 contender spot before Jones would bolt the division.
Some may criticize Jones for his comments, but the fight with Henderson no longer makes any sense.