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post #1 of 59 (permalink) Old 08-27-2012, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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Hendo wants to fight at UFC 155 - Weighs in on the Jones/Sonnen circus

While all of the attention has been focused on Jon Jones in the last few days, the now 42-year-old Dan Henderson has had some questions of his own that needed to be addressed. One of those questions was whether or not Chael Sonnen knew of Henderson's injury the entire time, hence his recent and sudden trash-talking with Jones through social media. Jones' coach Mike Winkeljohn implied that Sonnen knew full-well Henderson was hurt and had been secretly training to prepare for the champion. Henderson went on The MMA Hour today to deny those claims.

"Chael didnít know anything about it," he said. "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 wasnít even down here. I asked him if he wanted to come down and help me train a couple months ago, but he didnít come down."

Now it's really a case of who do you believe. The timing of Sonnen's trash-talk could be pure coincidence and Winkeljohn and Jackson could be completely wrong, or Henderson is lying about his friend's role in this ongoing soap opera.

Henderson also had his thoughts on Jones turning down Sonnen, adding to the list of fighters who would've taken the fight even on short-notice:

"Ultimately it was his decision not to take a fight with Chael," he said. "I don't think itís unfair that heís been blasted like that. All I know is, thatís not the decision I wouldíve made. Obviously he has his own reasons. I can't think of any reason why I wouldn't take a fight like that. Other than being injured, if Iím healthy, in shape and ready to fight that day, it doesn't matter who they want me to fight. I'll fight, especially if Iím champ."

One of the bigger talking points was the timing of Henderson's injury and why he waited so long to pull out. If he had made his injury public and had informed Dana White earlier then it could've helped prevent the eventual cancellation of the card, as White could've had more options and more time to search for a replacement. Henderson had this to say:

"I was very optimistic," he said. "I was told the MCL heals real fast and should do fine. I had just under a month before the fight so I was pretty optimistic it would get better. I was told not to do anything to stretch it and make it feel unstable and it would heal up a lot faster. That's what I was trying to do. So I could move around on my feet. As long as I was moving forward and backward, it wasn't too bad."

Henderson's knee did not improve even with the rest, and by then the only option was to withdraw. Amazingly, this is the first time Dan has ever pulled out of a fight due to injury, and unfortunately it helped cause one of the most dramatic set of circumstances in UFC history.

As for Henderson's next fight, he aims for a New Year's week return.

Henderson is now wearing a brace and said he would be able to start light training in the next 4-6 weeks. If all goes well, he hopes to be at 100 percent in 3-4 months, and said he'd like to fight on the annual year-end show on Dec. 29.

The interesting part of Henderson's return is whether or not he will still keep his title shot against (almost certainly) Jon Jones. Lyoto Machida is the current #1 contender but he turned down a short-notice title shot with Jones, and Henderson was in the front of the line before Lyoto. It's one of the many things Dana White will need to figure out over the next few weeks.
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So who gets screwed - Dan or Machida? :/

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post #2 of 59 (permalink) Old 08-27-2012, 09:14 PM
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I hope Dan still get's that shot against Jones.

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I misread this, and thought it said hendo wants to fight at 155. As in he wants to fight at lightweight. I was like damn. Any weight any time is getting extreme.

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Dan better still get the shot, it will be total horsesh*t if they make him take another fight first just because he got injured.

Which I'm sure he would have no issue with because Dan is a Warrior who backs down from no one.. Unlike some people.
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Hopefully Dan still gets the shot. He's getting up there in age and I don't know how many fights he still has left in him. Lyoto on the other hand still has more than a few years. Hopefully Dana takes this into consideration when he makes the decision on who gets the next shot.
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"Chael didn’t know anything about it," he said. "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."

Gotta love that part.

Poor Jon Jones defenders. Running out of excuses each day.
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Hendo vs. Machida, book it.

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And we have to take into consideration that Gustafsson might be vying for the number 1 contender status if he gets a win over Shogun.

Dan, Lyoto, or Gustaf?

I say give Dan the shot first. I don't think he has many fights left in him, so let him get a crack at Jones first.

I think that Lyoto pretty much beats every other LHW at this point IMO. He won't lose his contendership status if he fights again while waiting for the winner of Dan vs Vitor/Jones. However, it is kinda a bitch move to make him take another fight when he was already promised he was the number one contender. Let him wait if he wants to.

Then we can have Gustafsson vs the winner of the Teixeira vs Rampage fight to determine the next contender after Lyoto.
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Gotta love that part.

Poor Jon Jones defenders. Running out of excuses each day.
Yeah we totally are.

After all, Dan SAID so didn't he! cmon, it's as clear cut as OJ, he SAID he didn't do it man! WHAT MORE DO YOU NUTS WANT??

His excuse for hiding his injury is nonsense. He could have easily told Dana and Bones that he HOPED to recover, but in the event he didn't they should make backup plans i.e. Bones could also train for a potential replacement. Wouldn't have to disclose the exact injury either, so Bones wouldn't know what to target if they did fight.

But no, this guy and his camp mates are all on twitter about their non-existent sparring sessions, trying to hide it till the last minute, while this OTHER buddy of his suddenly starts taunting Bones outta nowhere. And again out of nowhere happens to become the ONLY replacement fight offered to Bones without having a single fight in the division. Wow not a coincidence at all.

Not to mention the whole part about MCL injuries healing fast is a lie. They take 2-10 weeks to heal, and almost always more than a month at least.


I had the exact same apprehensions as Winklejohn, this whole thing stinks to high hell.
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No way a LHW title fight is happening at 155. With Hendo, Machida, and Shogun/Gus winner, the LHW picture seems a little clogged right now. Not to mention if Sonnen wins his next two then he could be in line for a shot as well. And not that I don't believe Hendo, but I'm not going by someone's word in the sports industry.

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