By Jamie McAllister
UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones comments to FUEL TV.
Jones is set to defend his title against former PRIDE and Strikeforce Champion Dan Henderson and he admits Henderson is not someone to be taken lightly.
“Dan Henderson’s right up there, I think he ranks as high as anybody I’ve fought in 2011. He’s a champion of every other organization in the world. He beat Fedor (Emelianenko) and Shogun (Rua) last year, he’s somebody not to be taken lightly,”
When asked about potential problems Henderson could cause him Jones prefers to call them challenges to rise up to. On top of that Jones is also confident that Henderson wont bring anything he has not seen before.
“I’m not going to call anything problems. They’re more like challenges to rise up to; things to be excited by. To be honest with you, he has a good overhand right, a good left hook, strong wrestling, nothing I haven’t seen before,”
Henderson has got the knockout over his opponent in four of his last five victories however don’t be surprised if Jones is the one who gets the knockout victory this time around. Jones states that he has been working on sitting down on his shots and improving his power.
“Everyone’s talking about Dan Henderson’s knockout power; it might just be a one-punch knockout for me this time.”
“The biggest thing I’ve been doing differently is just learning how to put people down. We’re realizing by watching my own fights, my coaching staff and I, that I am becoming a pretty good kickboxer, but I’m not dropping anybody. So we’re working on foundation, using your legs, working on power,”
The champion is also closing in on former Light-Heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz title defence record (Five) and a win over Henderson will put him just one behind Ortiz with four consecutive defences. Jones admits the record is a motivating factor for him.
“I’m closing in on Tito Ortiz’s record, one of the greatest light heavyweights of all time,” said Jones. “That’s something that also motivates me to just keep hitting it hard.”
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