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UFC Light Heavyweight champ Jon Jones is on the verge of cleaning out his division. At 24 years of age, the champ has already beaten four former UFC champs Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Lyoto Machida, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, and Rashad Evans. His next fight is against former Pride and Strikeforce champ Dan Henderson at UFC 151 on September 1 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Jones wi'll be coming into the bout a few months after his 25th birthday. Henderson will be 42. That's a handy 17 year age advantage for Jones. He'll also have his 84 inch reach against Hendo's 71 inch reach. That's 13 inches.
On paper, Henderson, a former Greco-Roman Olympic qualifier, would seem to have the wrestling advantage, but honestly Henderson isn't the best MMA wrestler, or even a particularly good one.
No the one thing Henderson has for Jones to be wary of is his "H-bomb" right hand. Jones talked to MMA Mania about the one thing he fears from Henderson. Quote after the jump.
"I think more his striking than his wrestling. With each bout, he has been using his striking more. He throws those "H-Bombs" and they are like heat-seeking missiles. Dan is a great wrestler, as well, and has been wrestling along time. I wrestled last about 5 years ago in college and I don't enjoy wrestling as much as I used to. Dan is older and has been doing it more, but it seems like as he has gotten older, he has focused more on his striking. So, I think his striking is more of a concern than his wrestling."