UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been asked several times questions not concerning his next opponent, Dan Henderson.
Well, on Tuesday during a media conference call, Jones made it known that he is focused solely on Henderson and not other fighters such as Chael Sonnen or Lyoto Machida, or his Nike contract.
Jones and Henderson will square off September 1 at UFC 151 in Las Vegas.
I want to set the record straight: everything I do is based around Dan Henderson. The studying, the tactics, every hour of the day. I think people are overlooking Dan Henderson, but I’m definitely not.
Jones added that he doesn’t feel like any of the non-Henderson talk has become a distraction, saying, “I am working hard. My training partners don’t care (about Nike). There is no more Nike conversation going on in the room; it’s all about Dan Henderson.”
Henderson has worn the Pride and Strikeforce championship before, and even defeated Fedor Emelianenko before joining back up with the UFC. Jones knows all about the accomplishments by “Hendo.”
Beating Dan Henderson is very important to me. To have Dan Henderson in my win column means the world to me. He beat Fedor. Fedor is one of my idols.
Jones has successfully defended the UFC 205-pound title against former champions Quinton Jackson, Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans since securing the belt from Mauricio “Shogun Rua.
“With Dan Henderson, this is a high-risk, high-reward fight,” Jones said. In past interviews, Jones called a potential rematch with Machida has high-risk, low-reward based on the power pay-per-view numbers the fight generated. “Dan Henderson is somebody that has had the Pride belt, the Strikeforce belt; I feel like I am fighting the current Pride champion, current Strikeforce champion, in some ways. I am fighting to get some of that credibility he has.”
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