Dan Henderson doesn’t care if it’s Rashad Evans or Jon Jones he meets for the UFC light heavyweight title later this year. In actuality, “Hendo” doesn’t even feel one fighter is more prepared to win the upcoming battle between Evans and Jones than the other. He does, however, believe people should be more willing to give “Suga” a chance.

Jones has run through the light heavyweight division, defeating such fighters as Ryan Bader, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, and Lyoto Machida. Henderson, though, feels Evans has what it takes to give “Bones” a challenge.

“Don’t count out Rashad,” said Henderson, in an interview with ESPN’. “Everybody’s assuming it will be Jones, but Rashad is a good fighter, too. He will definitely put Jones on his back if he fights like he did against Phil Davis. Rashad’s the better wrestler, it’s just that Jones is awkward.”

Evans and Jones will square off in the main event of UFC 145 later this month from Atlanta. The winner – barring any serious injury – will face Henderson later this year. All three fighters are strong wrestlers with Henderson and Evans having shown more knockout-ability in their career, while Jones has earned three submission victories in his last four wins.


MMA Training Take: Regardless of who wins, Henderson against either Evans or Jones will be a battle for the ages. Henderson wants to taste UFC gold before he hangs it up, and with his KO power, he is never out of a fight.