Dan Henderson: 'I enjoy fighting 'cocky' guys, it's funny to put them in their place'

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)

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones does not lack confidence. In fact, some say he may have too much, even to the point of calling him flat-out "cocky."

Jones, for one, says he isn't cocky at all, though he does like to think of himself as a confident person, he is far from a cocky one. In fact, "Bones" says that when people label him as such, it's the biggest blow he can get.

But hey, can you blame him if he comes off as overly-confident?

If you ran rampant over the UFC's 205-pound class, which many believe is the toughest division in mixed martial arts (MMA) and make it look rather easy, you would more-than-likely toot your own horn once or twice.

Though the young champion's confidence may rub some people the wrong way, it doesn't seem to bother Dan Henderson, who will face Jones at UFC 151: "Jones vs. Henderson" on Sept. 1, 2012 for his light heavyweight strap in Las Vegas, Nevada. In fact, "Hendo" tells Tatame he actually likes competing against fighters that are a little cocky.

Make the jump to see why.

"I don't know if I can export that. How do you guys see him? He is what he is and I enjoy fighting guys like that, that are a little bit cocky. It's funny to put them in their place (laughs)."

Though Jones has enjoyed much success over the past calendar year, he's also had his troubling moments after he was arrested for suspicion of DWI back on May 19 of this year when he crashed his $190,000 Bentley into a pole in the early morning hours in Binghamton, New York.

Recently, Jones told us what he believes is "Hendo's" most dangerous asset heading into their clash in "Sin City," saying that Dan's powerful ‘H-Bomb" is more of a threat than his wrestling. Now, "Dangerous Dan" reveals what he feels is the young fighter's greatest threat and commented on whether or not Jones' recent troubles will distract him in their fight:

"I don't know. I couldn't comment if they distract him or not. I'm sure he's a smart kid and he's going to train hard for any fight that he has. As far as the biggest assets, his length, his goofiness, his elbows and I think he continuously tries to get better. It's up to me to make sure I do what I do best."

"Hendo" will try to win his first ever UFC world title, after obtaining promotional titles with PRIDE FC and Strikeforce previously.

It will be easier said than done, as Jones has proven the hype and the "cockiness" surrounding him is justified due to the fact that he has yet to be in any type of danger of losing inside the Octagon -- other than his disqualification loss to Matt Hamill back in 2009.

How about it Maniacs, will Jones' confidence inside the Octagon equate into yet another impressive victory in his ever-growing resume? Or will Henderson be able to defeat the 24-year old, and in the process, give him a piece of humble pie?

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