Dan Henderson (29-8) knows that in his upcoming light heavyweight championship fight with Jon Jones (16-1), his knockout hands will be put to the test due to the reach advantage that favors the champion.
In an interview with MMAWeekly.com, the MMA veteran Henderson spoke about the 13.5 inch reach advantage the champion has coming into the fight.
“My focus is to win every round and not to land the H-Bomb,” said Henderson. “If I win every round and hit him pretty good along the way, hopefully it knocks him out. But I do need to make sure I get inside his length and stay in his face and make him fight me.”
Henderson said because of the reach difference, he knows that the fight will be hard to win from the outside, while at the same time he has to watch out for the unorthodox elbows from Jones.
Henderson is on a four fight win streak, where he won Fight of the Year against his last challenger Maurício Rua and prior to that was the first person to knockout Fedor Emelianenko.
Jones comes into the fight with his only loss coming by DQ. Since winning the championship against Rua, he has successfully defended it against three former light heavyweight champions.
Going into the fight, Henderson acknowledged his age and future in the sport.
“I’ve had so many fights that mean a lot to me and big accomplishments,” said Henderson. “I’ve had title fights in the past and had certain things happen where I should have done something different. I’m going to make sure I make the best of this one and not let this opportunity go by and make sure I win this fight.”
Jones vs. Henderson is scheduled to headline UFC 151 on September 1.