Mike Winkeljohn, trainer of Jon Jones, was recently on Sherdog Radio where he talked about Jones' chances of success against any of his major challengers. Winkeljohn thinks that Jones is simply too good to be beaten by Dan Henderson, Phil Davis or Rashad Evans.
Mike's take on the Henderson fight:
"They all present different challenges," Winkeljohn told the Sherdog Radio Network's "Savage Dog Show." "I'm not sure which one's the biggest. Dan's big right hand is always a big challenge. [He's] somebody that could be able to close that gap and find a hole and try to get to Jon's chin. That's probably the dilemma with him, but he's small. I don't think he can outwrestle Jon. I think Jon beats him everywhere. I don't think he can hit [Jones] with that right hand."
In addition to thinking that Hendo wouldn't be able to hit Jones or outwrestle him, he also thinks that Davis doesn't have the striking and that Evans would get picked apart at long range.
It's hard for me to disagree with any of those opinions at this point. Evans has the speed to get inside but Jones is simply too good in the clinch. Henderson is too slow to reliably get in with heavy shots, although he has far more determination and always seems to find ways to get the right hand in on his opponents even if they know it is coming. And Davis hasn't shown the level of effective wrestling of Jones in MMA and is not even on the same planet in terms of striking.
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited to see all three men get their chance.