Former Strikeforce champion Dan Henderson is looking forward to his UFC 151 title fight against Jon "Bones" Jones, and he certainly doesn't seem intimidated by the current light-heavyweight champion's accomplishments inside the Octagon. Henderson remains confident he'll be able to hold his own against the youngest champion in UFC history when the two square up at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev.
"Everybody has holes in their game," Henderson said during an interview with Ariel Helwani. "I think there are a number of things I can exploit. He just hasn't fought anyone like me. I'm looking forward to testing that out. … I'm gonna make sure I put him on his back, and we haven't seen him there before. We'll see how that goes."
Jones' wrestling has contributed to some of his success inside the Octagon, and his takedown defense looked pretty solid in his last fight against his former teammate Rashad Evans. However, Henderson doesn't seem overly impressed with Jones' wrestling.
"It's not bad," Henderson said about Jones' wrestling. "It's not the best wrestling in MMA. I think Chael [Sonnen] has some of the best wrestling in MMA."
Considering how well Jones performed in his UFC 145 bout against Evans, he definitely deserves to be a huge favorite going into his Sept. 1 bout against Henderson. Besides being the younger fighter, Jones will also enjoy a significant reach advantage against the 40 year-old.
Henderson did put on an entertaining performance in his last fight against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, but I wasn't really impressed with what I saw. His cardio faded during the latter rounds of the bout, and that'll cost him big if it happens against Jones.
Given the fact Evans - one of the top wrestlers in the light-heavyweight division - wasn't able to take Jones down, I don't expect "Hendo" to fare any better. He'll probably have to stand and trade with Jones, and his chances of winning that game are pretty slim.
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