DENVER — It’s tough to follow up a fight with as much hype surrounding it as UFC 148‘s Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen rematch, but the UFC is doing it’s best, pitting light heavyweight champion Jon Jones against Dan Henderson at UFC 151 on Sept. 1 in Las Vegas.
Jones has been rolling through the competition, however, and that’s no small task. He’s defeated the likes of Shogun Rua, Rashad Evans, Rampage Jackson, Lyoto Machida and others.
So what’s the big deal in facing Dan Henderson at UFC 151? Well, just ask UFC president Dana White, Henderson has the credentials and more importantly the in-ring experience, proven over more than a decade in the sport, to be a very “big deal” for Jon Jones to overcome.
Is he a “gimme fight” for Jones? Not by any stretch says White.
Jones, of course, also has to deal with the pressures that come his way, being such a young champion, dealing with the rigors of stardom. At just 25 years of age, he’s already had to deal with both heavy duty smack talk from Jackson and the fractured friendship with Evans. Now, Jones also has to deal with the stigma of a recent DWI offense in New York.
Dana White weighed in recently both on Jones’ fight with Henderson and how he’s dealing with the pressure in the MMAWeekly.com video below.