When Dan Henderson was scheduled to fight Jon Jones in 2012 he relayed he didn’t think the light-heavyweight champ was very genuine, and it looks as though the legendary fighter hasn’t changed his opinion of “Bones”.
Jones worked his way to a unanimous decision win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 182 this past weekend, who in turn, was coming off a choke out victory over “Hendo” in May. Leading up to the January 3rd fight, the champion went out of his way to dismiss Cormier’s victory over Henderson, by making light of the latter’s age (the former PRIDE champ is 44, but Jones made a comment about Henderson being “50-60”).
Well, Henderson appeared on the latest “MMA Hour” on Monday, and while discussing Jones, the veteran stated (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“He is who he is and it doesn’t reflect good upon him when he does things like that,” Henderson said. “It doesn’t bother me at all. I know who I am and I know how I portray myself. I don’t have a whole lot of respect for him as a person.”
“I said it a couple years ago,” Henderson relayed. “He’s just not very genuine. He portrays himself differently than what he really is and I think that’s where people have the problem with him. If he didn’t act like someone he wasn’t, I don’t think anybody would have a problem.”
“Hendo” isn’t the first to make this argument regarding Jones, who, he went on to praise in terms of his abilities as a fighter. Jones and Henderson were booked to throw down at UFC 151 in September, 2012, but the latter went down with a knee injury, and the card was eventually called off.
As far as Henderson’s next fight, the popular fighter is scheduled to face Gegard Mousasi at UFC on FOX 14, January 24th.
That card will be hosted by the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, and will feature Alexander Gustafsson taking on fellow, light-heavyweight contender Anthony Johnson in the headliner.