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Dan Henderson has had one of the best mixed martial arts careers in the sport's short history and he'll look to cement his legacy when he challenges phenom Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title. Henderson possesses the savvy and powerful right hand to make it a long night for Jones but he knows the value of coming in with a gameplan.
Hendo spoke to USA Today about the upcoming fight and had the following to say about how he thinks he needs to fight Jones:
"You've really got to get inside and fight with him and end up in the clinch with him a lot," Henderson says. "Jones is better than most guys in the clinch. ... (But) that's where I'm most comfortable. At the same time I need to be real careful with catching one of those goofy elbows that he throws."
"Rashad's game should have been a little bit more mix it up from the outside and threaten more with takedowns and put Jones on his back," Henderson says. "Rashad fought Jon Jones' fight, not his own. ... I definitely saw (openings) that Rashad should have capitalized on."
We'll see if Dan is able to land one of his big right hands or dirty things up enough in the clinch to pull off the huge upset.
As for when the fight will take place?
Henderson is hoping that the UFC can throw it on the July 7 card, even though that may be a bit too soon for the UFC and Jones. But given the pace that the UFC has suggested they want Jon to fight at, it's possible they decide that yet another big summer main event is worth the quick turnaround.
While Jones was forced to go the full five rounds with Rashad, it's not like he took much damage in the fight. It's all about if he feels up to getting right back into the gym and prepping for another big test.