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UFC Quick Quote: Dan Henderson is going to 'put his hands' on Jon Jones

Dan Henderson rocks Fedor Emelianenko at Strikeforce: "Fedor vs. Henderson" on July 30, 2011.
Dan Henderson rocks Fedor Emelianenko at Strikeforce: "Fedor vs. Henderson" on July 30, 2011.

"I don't hope for anything less than a knockout, but it's not easy on Hendo. He's putting his hands on him, buddy. If he didn't have this (reach) advantage things would be much simpler, even because he has many flaws on his defensive system. But there's no unbeatable reach you can't win with patience and calm. We're having him doing sparrings with guys the same size as Jones so that Dan get used to it. It's important not to rush things and want to punch him right away. We have to cut well the octagon, putting pressure but not rushing into things. We have to try to make the octagon small, leaving no space out for Jones to escape Henderson. We have to use a lot of flow, combine kicks, move the head and work on the reach."

-- The confidence runs high with Dan Henderson's boxing coach, Gustavo Pugliesi, who tells Tatame that the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight will indeed "put his hands" on the current 205-pound champion, Jon Jones, when the two meet at the recently-announced UFC 151 on Sept. 1, 2012. "Bones," who is aiming for his fourth consecutive title defense in 12 months, will definitely have his hands full with the wily veteran. The title fight will be Henderson's third chance at capturing UFC gold. The former PRIDE Welterweight and Middleweight champion came up short against Quinton Jackson at UFC 75 in a 205-pound title unification match, followed by his loss to Anderson Silva in their 185-pound title fight six months later. In a bout that embodies youth versus experience, Jones will most likely be on the lookout for the former Olympian's dangerous right hand, which has put the hurt on veterans such as Fedor Emelianenko, Rafael Cavalcante, Michael Bisping and Wanderlei Silva, among others. Jones, who has taking a few licks from the likes of Lyoto Machida and most recently Rashad Evans has proven he can take a shot, but will an "H-Bomb" be too much for him to handle? Remember: It's a game of inches.

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