Dan Henderson almost got the chance to step into the cage with Jon Jones once at UFC 151, but missed out on the opportunity. If he can beat Daniel Cormier at UFC 173, he could be back in that same spot. Henderson was a guest on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani recently and discussed Jones' last title defense against Glover Teixeira. He didn't seem too impressed by the way Jones started out the fight:
"I think he obviously finished strong, but I don't think he came out the first round like the normal Jon Jones," Henderson said on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour. "I didn't think he was fighting very smart in the first round, or the first half of the first round. He was just sitting there kind of fighting Glover's fight and standing there banging with him.
"You know, I thought that was the only way Glover could win is to make Jones stand and bang with him. Jones was doing that a little too much, and then I think he kind of got back to his game plan a little bit getting in tight at the end, and Glover just didn't look like he had very good of a clinch at all."
He did go on to say that Jones clearly won every round and looked a lot better outside of the first. And his opinion on Glover's clinch probably had something to do with the shoulder injury he suffered in the first round. Still though, Henderson said he would approach Jones differently if he got the shot:
"I think just getting in there, getting in tight with him and you know -- my clinch game is different than anyone else's, and I wouldn't get beat up like [Teixeira did] in tight," he said. "And obviously if you stand on the outside I'd have to deal with getting in closer, and outwrestle him, outpunch him, get in tight and close that distance faster. There's a lot of things I'd have to change against someone like Jones, because he is so long."
Jones will likely meet Alexander Gustafsson in his next bout, while the winner of Henderson/Cormier will likely meet the winner of that fight.