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Crazy Talk? Dan Henderson Could Give Jon Jones A Fight

Following his utter destruction of Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Jon Jones looks as unbeatable as unbeatable gets in a sport where anything can happen at the drop of a dime. Rashad Evans is up next for Jones, but hardly anyone is giving him a chance. In fact, the oddsmakers, who were vindicated last night for controversially setting Jones as the 2-1 favorite over Shogun, already have Jones listed as a huge favorite over Evans (Jones -550 Evans +400 at BetDSi). Rashad says he knows how to fight Jones thanks to their training sessions at Greg Jackson’s, but that road runs both ways. Jones knows Evans’ tricks just like Evans knows his.

Maybe Rashad shocks us all and gives Jones the fight of his life, but let’s assume the oddsmakers are right. Let’s assume Jones walks right through Rashad Evans like he’s walked through everyone else he’s fought in the UFC.

Who’s next after Rashad?

Dana White says he doesn’t have a clue. A lot of people, including Lorenzo Fertitta, want Anderson Silva, but that’s more or less a pipe dream at this point, according to Dana. Some might say Rampage Jackson or Lyoto Machida, but does anyone honestly see either of them faring any better than Shogun? Eh, not me.

Well, here’s a crazy idea: How about Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson?

Yes, Dan Henderson is undersized, overmatched and old enough to be Jones’ father. I’ll give you that. He would have a heck of a time dealing with Jones’ reach, and God forbid what might happen if Jones got on top of him like Jake Shields did.

What Hendo has that every other light heavyweight doesn’t though is an Olympic-caliber Greco-Roman wrestling game. Maybe Jones really is too big and too strong in the clinch for him to handle, but if anyone can stifle Jones’ unearthly clinch game, it’s Dan Henderson. Plus, Hendo can end anyone’s night in an instant with the dynamite in his right hand, and his iron chin should at least buy him enough time for a couple chances at dropping his “H-bomb,” as Mauro Ranallo proudly coined it earlier this month.

Look, I’m not saying Dan Henderson would win. I’m not even saying that I would pick Dan Henderson to win. But at this point we’re talking about a fighter who seems to be so far ahead of the pack, we’re not even looking for someone who can beat him. We’re merely trying to find someone that could conceivably give him an honest fight. All I’m saying is if there’s any light heavyweight in the world that could give Jon Jones that fight, it’s Dan Henderson.

As they say, styles make fights.

Image via Esther Lin for Strikeforce/Showtime

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