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UFC Quick Quote: Dan Henderson wants to stand with Jon Jones, not be taken down by Rashad Evans

"I think Jon Jones is a better fight for me. His style matches up better. Jones will stand-up with me more. Rashad is real well-rounded. He'll stand and bang with me a little, but he'll be trying to put me on my back-a lot more than Jones would. Jones is real awkward and kind of poses a different threat. He's awkward, unorthodox and a little tougher to figure out, and that's also what intrigues me about it-he's different. If I had to bet money, I'd put it on Jones, but I'd say Rashad has a real good chance. It's going to be a close fight."

At 41 years of age, you would think a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter would be taking his foot off the gas and looking to coast throughout the remainder of his career. Not Dan Henderson. If openly stating he desires a rematch with the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world and current UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva wasn't enough, "Hendo" also recently campaigned to be a possible last minute replacement for Alistair Overeem against UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior dos Santos at UFC 146 due to "The Reem's" unfortunate positive tinkle test. Realistically, though, Henderson is counting down the days to April 21, 2012, where he will find out who will be his next opponent, as he is expected to get the winner of the UFC 145 main event between Rashad Evans and Jon Jones. Though the former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight champion feels that too many people are counting out "Suga," he tells Bleacher Report that he would still lay money down on "Bones" to come out the victor. Perhaps it's wishful thinking from the former Olympic wrestler due to the fact that deep down he wants a fight with the 205-pound phenom in order to ensure his chance at figuring out Jones' "awkward" style. That, coupled with the fact that Henderson feels a fight aganst Jones would prove to be more of a stand up battle, which Dan has proven he prefers, as opposed to a wrestling battle that will likely ensue if he were to face the former NCAA Division I wrestler Evans. In just 14 days, we will all find out if Henderson will be standing and trading leather with Jones or if he'll be fending off the takedowns of Evans. Which do you think it will be?

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