Dan Henderson has been recovering from his knee injury, and he says it’s all going well. He briefly touches on UFC 151. Despite Henderson’s injury and time off, he does feel confident going into UFC 157. Also In the unlikely event Chael Sonnen does beat Jon Jones, Henderson says he’d have no problem fighting Sonnen despite their friendship.
Jones says he was a little surprised at the amount of back lash he still feels from UFC 151′s cancellation.
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has dealt with trash-talk from several opponents.
When Dan Henderson started referring to “Bones” as a kid, and calling him sloppy for some of his inside-the-Octagon actions, Jones took exception.
Here was Henderson, a world-class wrestler, calling him out much like Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans had done before.
Well, we all know by now that the Jones-Henderson bout failed to take place due to a knee injury suffered by “Hendo.” And, it appears that Jones believes Henderson was lucky that he did pull out of the fight.
“Dan Henderson called me a kid 1,000 times leading up to that fight and we never even fought,” said Jones, in an interview with the Toronto Sun. “He came out with this ad that say, ‘Buy a Hendo shirt and get a free Jon Jones shirt to dry your car off with. You’re making fun of me, yet you got hurt and dodged a bullet? You’re sitting at home with ice on your knee and I’m here doing push-ups again because I thought my camp should have been over. You should shut up and be grateful you dodged a bullet.”
Jones took much of the heat from the UFC 151 fallout, but it appears that he has heard enough of that. Next up for Jones will be Vitor Belfort at UFC 152 later this month.
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After UFC 151′s cancellation, some the the fighters who train with those effected by the event being cancelled still feel Jones is to blame.
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has no regrets about deciding to decline a short-notice bout with Chael Sonnen.
By doing so, the UFC was forced to cancel the entire UFC 151 card that was scheduled for last Saturday – the first time in 11 years the promotion has had to do such an act.
Jones, in an interview with the Associated Press, stated that he would make the same decision again if it was proposed to him.
I had to do what’s right for myself by turning down that fight, Dana (White) had to do what was right for himself by putting the blame on everyone else except for himself. The lesson to be learned is, at the end of the day, you have to protect yourself and your family.
Jones was scheduled to meet Dan Henderson, but a knee injury knocked Henderson out of the bout. Instead, the UFC proposed both several other challengers for Jones, but nobody accepted. Sonnen, however, agreed to take the fight despite it being just a week away.
Jones was greeted with intense backlash from White, fellow fighters and others involved in MMA.
I’ve been dealing with a lot of controversy. A lot of insults right now. People tell me, ‘You’re the champ, you’ve got to take the fight.’ Being the champ wasn’t given to me. I don’t owe anybody, anything.
Jones also said that he believes his relationship with White can be repaired, adding, “A lot of good can come out of it.”
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I agree With Ariel. It is just as much Henderson’s fault for not being forth coming with imperative news of an injury. It’s seldom we see Dana and Ariel agree though.
UFC president Dana White says that the promotion is making sure all the fighters who were unable to compete at the canceled UFC 151 event are receiving financial help if they need it.
“Some of the guys are booked to fight right away,” said White, during an interview on UFC Tonight, “and the guys who are booked later are getting compensated.”
White and the promotion made the decision to cancel the entire card late in August, marking the first time that has been done since they took over control.
“We spent $2 million in advertising for (UFC) 151. It’s a business and I have to deal with it,” White said. “I’m proud to say this is the first time we’ve ever had to cancel an event. We’ve always been able to scramble and put it back together good enough to make fans happy.”
White added there was “no way in hell” they wanted to call off the entire event, but said he has no regrets in doing so.
Mike Bisping explains why he’s surprised at Jones’ choice not to fight Sonnen, and he believes it takes a true champion to respond to challenges such as Sonnen’s challenge to Jon Jones on short notice.
Dan Henderson has remained somewhat quiet regarding his event killing injury, but he finally gives a look into what happened.
Winkeljohn’s response sounds a bit scripted to me, but obviously that’s just an opinion. He goes on to say Jones would fight Sonnen at a later date.