Apr 21, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Jon Jones poses with his crew after beating Rashad Evans in the main event and light heavyweight title bout during UFC 145 at Philips Arena. Jon Jones won the bout by unanimous decision. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE
Dan Henderson has never really been known as a trash-talker. He says what's on his mind sometimes, but he rarely goes out of his way to rag on anyone unless it's Michael Bisping. Hendo's recent comments about his UFC 151 opponent, light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, felt the same way. He has talked about how Jones has failed to connect with fans and might not be that genuine, and that he hopes Jones tries to knock him out after Jones said something similar. In an interview with MMA Fighting, Bones acted surprised by Hendo's comments:
"I just expected so much more out of him," Jones told MMA Fighting. "He's an older, more respectable guy. He's a guy's guy. I was a fan of his. But he doesn't respect me, so now, I have no respect for him, and I'm going to show that the night of the fight."
Jones then returned fire, responding to a question about whether there's anything Hendo has that Jones hasn't seen before:
"No," he said. "I feel as if he’s an older, slower version of Rashad Evans."
After discussing how much more he feels he has to do in the sport and briefly touching on his Nike deal, the topic turned back to his UFC 151 bout. When asked about Hendo being on TRT, he said that it's actually a motivating factor for him:
"It feels funny fighting a guy his age," he said. "To know that he has some advantages helps me train harder and not to think anything about having mercy on him."
I'm surprised he'd consider having mercy on anyone for any reason, but Jones is a unique guy. All this back-and-forth will be settled in 10 days.