UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has dealt with some of the best trash-talkers in the UFC’s light heavyweight division since securing the belt.
After taking care of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and his “spy-gate” claims last year, Jones downed one-time-teammate Rashad Evans earlier this month.
Now, as he prepares to face Dan Henderson later this year, “Bones” is hoping that “Hendo” can play nice in the pre-fight hype that is sure to come about.
“As far as Dan Henderson, I’m excited; he’s a great fighter. You know, I’ve gone through a lot with Rashad as far as all of the trash talking and I really hope Dan’s listening and I really hope that Dan keeps it classy throughout this fight,” said Jones, during a recent appearance on ESPN’s MMA Live. “I respect him as an older man, I respect him as a warrior, and I just hope he keeps it classy and not drag me through another trash-talking bout. Let’s stick to why we’re really here; let’s just fight.”
Henderson doesn’t really seem to go the trash-talking way, unless you are Michael Bisping and you start it. I’d expect to see plenty of respect from both Henderson and Jones during pre-fight press conferences and media events. A target date for the fight seems to still be later this summer, though nothing has been confirmed by the UFC.
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