LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 30: Mixed martial artist Jon Jones arrives at the Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2011 at the Palms Casino Resort November 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
"I don't know, I think it all has to do with him being genuine. The fans sense when you are and you are not. I'm pretty much who I am all the time. I don't know if they get that impression from him. Not really, (if he gets the same impression from him) he was a little better after his fight with Rashad than he has been in the past, but I have not gotten that impression from him, no. His whole attitude, it's not completely not genuine, but I think that is what the fans are turned off by. I don't know him personally, so I can't say if it's genuine or not, it's just the impression that I think that is what the fans get."
-- One of the true mixed martial arts (MMA) legends of all time, Dan Henderson, shared his opinion today on "The MMA Hour" today (April 23, 2012) on the possible reason fans haven't yet embraced Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight, Jon Jones. Though he undoubtedly does have a strong fan base, "Bones" has often been met with criticism and boos from fans because of his confident attitude that many perceive to be flat out cocky. Not one to shy away from his confident attitude, Jones takes it all in stride, knowing that it is all simply part of the game. But is Jones genuine? "Hendo" seems to think that the fans can sense it, and when it comes to Jon, fans feel he is simply not. In fact, Jones is already preparing himself for the "haters" when he squares off against Henderson later this year. Genuine or not, Henderson will have a tall task if he hopes to be the one to end the very impressive run that the 205-pound kingpin is currently on --- seven straight wins with three consecutive title defenses. Jones latest victory came at the expense of former friend and training partner, Rashad Evans, this past weekend (April 21, 2012) at UFC 145 in Atlanta, Georgia. Perhaps an "H-Bomb" can set him straight?