Dan Henderson (29-8) denied claims that Chael Sonnen (27-12-1) knew about his injury weeks before it was announced publicly and was training for a fight with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
“Chael didn’t know anything about it,” said Henderson on The MMA Hour. “He had definitely not been training at all. My guys told me that Greg Jackson said in an interview that Chael was down training with me and getting ready for the fight and knew I was hurt. It was nothing like that at all. He wasn’t even down here. I asked him if he wanted to come down and help me train a couple months ago, but he didn’t come down.”
Since Sonnen hadn’t been training, Henderson didn’t believe it was a wise choice for him to take the fight against Jon Jones (16-1) at the now cancelled UFC 151, and feels he would’ve tired out early on.
“I didn’t think it was the smartest move at all for Chael to step up,” said Henderson. “Being out of shape, for Chael to take Jon Jones down would require probably a little more energy than to bounce around the cage and exchange punches with him. So I think he definitely would’ve needed a little bit more gas than sitting on the couch for six weeks would give him.”