When Dan Henderson steps into the Octagon on Sept. 1, 2012 at UFC 151 in Las Vegas, Nevada to face Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight kingpin Jon Jones, it will be fight number 38 in his storied mixed martial arts (MMA) career.
During his 15 years in combat sports, competing against the best fighters in the world, it's safe to say the former PRIDE FC champion has seen it all. So it comes as no surprise when Henderson tells ESPN that while the outsiders looking in seem to think Jones is an unbeatable fighter, he believes no one in the sport of MMA is invincible.
Though the Greg Jackson-trained fighter has proven to be a worthy champion, leaving a path of destruction over the past year with his unorthodox fighting style, Henderson feels that Jones is still "young and sloppy" and has never fought anyone with the style the former Olympian possesses.
"Bones" is very aware of the power "Dangerous Dan" carries in his right hand. While many believe Henderson's best chance to dethrone Jones is to connect with his "H-Bomb," that may not necessarily be the gameplan employed.
Make the jump to see what the former Strikeforce 205-pound champion had to say about what he believes is the key to defeating Jones.
"He's young and sloppy a little bit, he still has a lot to learn, technically. My focus is to win every round, not to land the ‘H-bomb." I'll make sure I win every round and if I hit him good along the way, hopefully it knocks him out. A lot of people who think [Jones is unbeatable] have never fought before. They see what he's done from the outside. He's done well with his style but I feel like he's never fought anybody like me. [My style] really goes well against someone like him. I'll never go into a fight or accept a fight if I didn't think I could beat the other guy up."
According to "Hendo," Cyrille Diabate, fellow UFC 205-pounder who stands at six feet, six inches tall, has assisted the former Olympian in preparing for his upcoming title fight against "Bones," simulating his obvious height and reach advantage.
Henderson has the experience and power advantage, but Jones has youth, athleticism and size on his side. Which will prevail come September when the two hook 'em up in "Sin City?"