UFC's Dan Henderson On Jon Jones Failure To Connect With Fans

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UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones is the undisputed #1 LHW in the world according to the USA TODAY/MMA Nation Consensus Rankings. He's also the most dominant LHW UFC champ since Chuck Liddell's reign ended in 2007 and yet fans are not flocking to the 24-year-old champ to the degree his accomplishments would seem to merit.

MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani asked Jones' next challenger, UFC, Pride and Strikeforce veteran Dan Henderson for his take on why Jones isn't clicking with fans. Henderson's reply was characteristically direct:

"I think it all has to do with being genuine and the fans sense that: when you are and when you're not. I'm pretty much who I am all the time and I don't know if they get that impression from him.

"His whole attitude sometimes. It's not completely not genuine," Henderson clarified. "But I think that's what the fans are turned off by."

"I don't know him personally, so I can't really say if it's genuine or not. It's just the impression that I think fans get."

UFC president Dana White today said that Jones vs. Henderson may headline UFC 149 in Calgary, Canada,

Video of the interview after the jump...

SBN coverage of UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans


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