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Sonnen States Jones Is A Talented Kid But He's Facing A Man In Dan Henderson | UFC News

By Jamie McAllister
Chael Sonnen comments on the UFC 151 main event between his friend and former training partner Dan Henderson and UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones.

“I believe in Hendo and so should you,” Sonnen said. “If you look at Jon Jones and think of a man who can beat him, you would think of someone with great KO power, the best chin in the sport because, with his reach, Jones is going to hit you, great wrestling and a relentlessly aggressive style. That man already exists – and his name is Dan Henderson.”

Sonnen since making the move to Light-Heavyweight has lured the champion Jones into a war of words and Jones responded by calling Sonnen a coward and cheater. However Sonnen admitted Jones is a great fighter and thinks the bout with Henderson will determine who is the greatest Light-Heavyweight of all time.

“This fight on September 1 is a fight to determine who is the greatest ever light heavyweight. I give Jon Jones his due as a great fighter. He’s beaten some outstanding fighters already and looked impressive each time. He’s already accomplished so much in the sport. Just not as much as Dan Henderson,”

Sonnen went on to backup his argument that Henderson is the greatest Light-Heavyweight of all time by stating his former training partners achievements.

“Everyone talks about pound-for-pound champions and pound-for-pound achievements. But if you look at what pound-for-pound should mean – who has the ability to beat small fast guys, the ability to knockout big, strong guys, to move through the divisions with your skill-set and win – the only conclusion a rational person would make is Dan Henderson is the pound-for-pound greatest of all time,” Sonnen said.

“Dan beat the 170lbs champion in Carlos Newton, he’s won the PRIDE 183lbs title, the PRIDE 205lbs title, the Strikeforce 205lbs title, and he’s won the two great tournaments in our sport, the UFC tournament back in the day and the PRIDE Grand Prix. All in all he’s beaten 11 world champions in his career. The man is the best of all time. That is who Jon Jones is facing.”

“Jones is a talented kid but he’s taking on a man, and I’d bet on the man any day of the week.”

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