Apr 21, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Jon Jones before fighting Rashad Evans in the main event and light heavyweight title bout during UFC 145 at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE
Those aren't necessarily Chael Sonnen-level trash talking words, but nevertheless, it appears that those few adjectives that Dan Henderson has used to describe Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Jon Jones -- who he will face at UFC 151 on Sept. 1, 2012 from the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas, Nevada -- have gotten under the young champion's skin.
Not necessarily known for his pre-fight talk, Henderson has been rather loquacious when it comes to "Bones." Though he hasn't necessarily said it in the form of belittling or insulting the Jackson-Winkeljohn-trained fighter, he has, however, been very open when asked of his opinion in recent interviews.
Whether it's merely pre-fight hype or if he is simply giving his honest observation, "Hendo's" remarks aren't sitting too well with Jones, who pleaded with Henderson to keep it 'classy' ahead of their title fight. Perhaps Jones is worn out from the year-long back-and-forth banter he was involved in with former training partner Rashad Evans leading up to their UFC 145 clash.
Regardless of the former Olympian's intentions, the comments are finding their marks and Jones says that all it is doing is motivating him that much more ahead of their "Sin City" showdown.
Make the jump to see what he had to say via his official Twitter account:
"No clue why Dan Henderson decided to be so disrespectful to me leading up to this fight, but it is what it is. I could use the motivation. The dudes done so much for the sport, I'm not even trying to come at him like that. I did enough trash talking with Page&Evans. FYI Henderson's mouth isn't bothering me at all, I just figured with all his experience he'd be over stuff like that."
For his part, Jones has strayed away from entertaining yet another trash talk-filled lead up to his title defense. If anything, he has been very complimentary of the veterans skills any chance he gets.
Come Labor Day weekend, however, and all the verbal jabs will mean nothing if "Hendo" doesn't become the first fighter to truly defeat "Bones."
What's your opinion: Is "Dangerous Dan" really doing his best Sonnen-impersonation in an attempt to hype up the fight? Or is Jones simply overreacting in saying his opponent is disrespecting him?
Let's hear it, Maniacs.