Even though he was never able to fight Dan Henderson at the infamously canceled UFC 151 event, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has no desire to rebook a fight with the former Strikeforce and multi-division PRIDE titleholder.
The world's top-ranked pound-for-pound fighter was scheduled to defend his title against Henderson in the main event of UFC 151 in Sept. 2012; however, just days before the event "Hendo" withdrew from the contest due to a knee injury and for the first time ever the promotion was forced to cancel a fight card.
Henderson was universally considered the top 205-pound contender at that time due to an impressive four-fight win-streak, but since has gone on to lose back-to-back decisions to Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans.
Even though both fights could have arguably gone Henderson's way, the losses have dropped him out of the title picture and the division's champion Jones isn't particularly excited about the prospect of facing Henderson at this stage of his career.
"I have no wishes to fight Dan Henderson," Jones told MMAmania.com. "Dan Henderson is a guy who, you know, he's done a lot for this sport already, he's a lot older. I think he's a guy a lot of people would expect me to beat anyways. So I have no big dreams of fighting Dan Henderson."
Up next on Jones' agenda is a title defense against top contender Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 on Sept. 21, 2013. "Bones" views Gustafsson as a major threat due to his physical size, skills and youth. Those are the type of challenges Jones is seeking -- not a match up with a 42-year-old who he feels is on the back end of his career.
"[Henderson's] last fight with Rashad Evans you could really see him starting to slow down," Jones said. "So fighting him I don't think really proves much."
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