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Dan Henderson Doesn’t Respect Jon Jones as a Person

Former PRIDE FC two-division champion and MMA legend, Dan Henderson was recently asked about UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones. Henderson was specifically asked his thoughts on Jones claiming Daniel Cormier’s last victory was over a 50-year-old man, referring to him.

Here was Henderson’s reply to Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour:

“It doesn’t bother me at all. I know who I am and I know how I portray myself. I don’t have a whole lot of respect for him as a person.

I said it a couple years ago. He’s just not very genuine. He portrays himself differently than what he really is and I think that’s where people have the problem with him. If he didn’t act like someone he wasn’t, I don’t think anybody would have a problem.

I’ve always respected him as a fighter. I think that he’s got great skills in every part of the game. I thought DC’s wrestling would make a difference in that fight and he didn’t really utilize it the way he’s capable of. Jones did a great job defending it and putting DC on his back a couple of times.”

Jon Jones successfully defended his title for the eighth consecutive time this past weekend when he defeated Daniel Cormier by unanimous decision at UFC 182.

Dan Henderson and Jones Jones were scheduled to fight back at UFC 151 on September 1st, 2012 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. However, Henderson was forced out of the fight due to injury less than two weeks prior to the event.

The UFC offered Chael Sonnen to Jones as a late-replacement fight. After discussing the scenario with his coach, Jon Jones turned the fight down. For the first time in ZUFFA’s history of owning the UFC, the event was canceled.

UFC president, Dana White put a lot of heat on Jones and his coaching staff for rejecting the fight, as did fans.