Dan Henderson’s been sitting on the sidelines waiting for his opportunity to cash in and face Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight champion.
In just a matter of weeks, Henderson will finally get his chance, as the two compete in the main event of UFC 151 from Las Vegas.
The 41-year-old Henderson has won championships in Pride and Strikeforce, but he has yet to taste UFC gold.
“I don’t plan on wasting this opportunity and making sure I come out on top no matter what it takes,” said Henderson, during a recent interview with UFC.com. “I know I can beat anybody out there if I perform the way I can.”
Since a decision loss to Jake Shields in 2010, “Hendo” has reeled off four impressive victories. First, he knocked out Renato Sobral to place himself in a match for the Strikeforce middleweight title.
Henderson defeated Rafael Cavalcante via third round TKO in 2011, and followed up with another TKO of heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko.
Upon re-entering the UFC, Henderson and former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua put on an epic five-round war that was named Fight of the Year by many sources. He’s 29-8 in his MMA career, including 13 knockout victories.
Jones (16-1) has tasted defeat just once, and that was by DQ after delivering some nasty illegal elbows to Matt Hamill. “Bones” has trumped former champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans since winning the title.
“With Jon Jones, I prepare on winning every round,” Henderson said. “I want to make sure I win every round so there is no question. If I can hit him in the right spot, at the right time, and finish him – that’s even better.”
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