Dan Henderson has been inside the cage with some of the best MMA has had to offer. He’s defeated Fedor Emelianenko by strikes, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in an epic five-round affair, and stopped Wanderlei Silva.
On September 1, Henderson will attempt to claim the UFC light heavyweight title when he faces Jon Jones in the main event of UFC 151. The card takes place from Las Vegas on pay-per-view.
While “Hendo” has just about always been a crowd favorite, his opponent has yet to receive that same warm welcome since securing the title over Rua. Henderson gave his thoughts on being the one to give the fans what they want in a recent interview with MMA Heat.
“For some reason, a lot of fans don’t like him and they’re wanting him to lose,” Henderson said. “I’ll gladly step in and fill that role.”
The advantage Jones has had over numerous opponents is a reach edge, and he will have that against Henderson, as well. The former PRIDE champion plans to counter that with his ability to get in tight.
“I just have to make sure that I’m able to do it against Jon Jones and his reach,” said Henderson, referring to closing the distance. “I don’t know (if he can take a punch); hopefully he’ll take a few.”
Henderson sports an impressive 29-6 record, including four consecutive wins since a loss to Jake Shields back in 2010.