Jon Jones Says Dan Henderson Should Worry About His One-Punch KO Power

August 14, 2012
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Jon Jones Mauricio Shogun Rua UFC 128UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been a busy man lately.

He’s already been told his next opponent after UFC 151 will be Lyoto Machida, not to mention the multi-year agreement Jones just signed with Nike to become their first global MMA endorsed athlete.

With all that going on, Jones’ main focus has been his upcoming UFC 151 showdown with former Strikeforce and Pride champion Dan Henderson. Jones will look to defend his title for the fourth consecutive time, while facing possibly his toughest opponent yet.

“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,” Jones said on Fuel TV recently.

If there was one glaring issue staring Jon Jones directly in the face when speaking about Dan Henderson, it’s his infamous right hand. Henderson’s knockout punch, aptly nicknamed the H-Bomb, has put down more than a few opponents over the last few years and has become his primary go-to weapon in a stand-up fight.

Jones respects Henderson and all of the skills he brings to the table, but he’s not focusing solely on his right hand or worried about any particular weapon in his arsenal.

“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,” Jones stated.

What Henderson might have to worry about is Jones’ rapidly improving stand-up game. The New York native has worked tirelessly alongside coach Mike Winkeljohn to develop his striking prowess to match his devastating work in the clinch and on the ground.

Henderson may have his “H-Bomb,” but he would do well to avoid Jones’ knockout punch as well.

“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,” said Jones.

“Everyone’s talking about Dan Henderson’s knockout power; it might just be a one-punch knockout for me this time.”

As previously stated, Jones will be going into this fight looking for his fourth consecutive title defense, and that’s important to note because he’s rapidly closing in on the record currently held by former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz.

Ortiz successfully defended the UFC light heavyweight title a record five times.

Being considered one of the top fighters in the history of the sport is something Jones has always strived to achieve, and he’s getting closer with each fight he wins.

“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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  • Jon Jones is a good example of someone who’s never needed KO power to finish fights. I can’t wait to see this one. At least Hendo will bring the fight, he always does.

  • I agree. I just think like most Jon Jones fight the reach is going to be even more of an issue.Hendo is so damn short im not sure if he will get close enough to throw the H-bomb. I think if Jones is smart keep Hendo on the outside take the fight into deep rounds and then he will have his way. I know Hendo is a TRT guy but his gas tank is very suspect. I respect Hendo for all he has done top 5 all time fighter but I dont root for anyone on TRT….

    • Maybe we’ll be in for a treat and see Hendo get in and knock him out b/c it sounds like Jones is trying to fight different then he has; maybe he’ll be to focused on power and a one punch ko. You never know.

      • rsnowbass

        Or it’s just a mindphuck for Dan and Dan’s camp…

    • yellowmonkey

      He is a TRT guy? Damn! I too don’t want to cheer for TRT fighters. Didn’t realize Dan was a part of that too.

      • @Yellowmoney … Guys like Todd Duffee on TRT is what is runing the sport (And I’m a Duffee fan) But Henderson has been involved in high level sports his whole life and is going on 42 this month. He’s never been in trouble for coming in with elevated levels, I’m sure he is legit. Not that I’m making excuses for him, just giving him specifcally the benefit of the doubt. Nate Marquardt, I who am a huge fan of, was on the stuff b/c he’s tested positive in the past for roids and needed it b/c of the side effects of roids. Are you still looking forward to the fight though?

        • yellowmonkey

          I get ya. There is always the off chance that it is legit I just wonder if fighters in that scenario should be fighting at all then? Maybe if you need it it is time to find something else to do. I am looking forward to the fight, just a minor bummer.

          • Yea I agree but fighters are stubborn. Although if Dan losses I can seem in retiring he’s accomplished everything in this sport except for getting the ufc title, other than his ufc tournament win.

          • dathump

            I agree, its a little different for guys in their 40’s taking a little to keep up vs a guy in his early 30 jacking his levels through the roof, hopeing the are back down by test time. still its here and until they close the loophole there are going to be fighters taking advantage of it.

  • BlackDog2009

    Fas as I know Jones has not knockout power and Hendo has taken Fedor’s best, Rampage’s best, and …. no Jones, you aren’t knocking out Hendo, not in your best dreams. Anything is possible but… no.

    • Lesnardo

      BlackDog2009 is either:

      (a) black

      (b) uneducated

      (c) young, or

      (d)all of the above.

      • Jeff

        Lesnardo is either:




        (d)all of the above

  • BlackDog2009

    Far as I know Jones has not knockout power and Hendo has taken Fedor’s best, Rampage’s best, and …. no Jones, you aren’t knocking out Hendo, not in your best dreams. Anything is possible but… no.

    • adam1848

      right?! A guy who has never knocked out anyone that I’ve heard of is going to KO a guy who has never been KOed before? I’d almost guarantee this fight ends with a RNC after Hendo gasses, which he always does these days. If he had any kind of gas tank whatsoever, the fight with Shogun wouldn’t even have been close. Lets all remember that Hendo got out wrestled by Jake Shields and Rampage before we start getting too excited about the possibility of an upset here.

      • rsnowbass

        I can guarantee you Hendo is a better wrestler than Shields.

        Hendo had no gas left in the tank after the first round of beating the hell out of Shields.

  • BlackDog2009

    sorry for the double post

  • Booker T

    Hendo can’t be knocked out? They said the same thing about Tyson back in the day. A guy named Buster Douglass came along.

    • Tyson was at a bad time in his life and career. Eveerything that could have went wrong for him, went wrong. Not playing the blame game but thats how it was. Sure anybody can be knocked out but some guys are just that much tougher and it takes that much more to get it. Henderson war! I think MMA fans should root for Hendo bc this is all he needs in mma is the ufc title other then the tournament win. Be happy for the guy hes been in the gAME 15 years and is still going. A nice guy too.

      • Booker T

        Good point.

  • dgs

    If Jones wins I won’t be shocked at all. If he wins by KO I will be extremely shocked. For a guy who has displayed zero knockout power to KO the best chin in the business by far (maybe the most KO resistant fighter ever in the sport?), would be quite the feat!

    • Lesnardo

      Only few fighters have true one punch KO power. In the HW division only three of the top 10 fighters have KO power, JDS, Overoid, and Carwin.

      We haven’t yet seen someone like Chuck Liddell at LHW who relies on one punch KO.

  • scdaddy

    I hate how everyone is saying Jon Jones’ next opponent is going to be Lyoto Machida when Jones hasn’t even got past Henderson yet. His next opponent could very well be against someone else, fighting to get back in title contention, if he ends up losing to Henderson. Stop overlooking Henderson!

  • “He’s already been told his next opponent after UFC 151 will be Lyoto Machida”.

    I’m not sure if that’s the author is being deliberately funny i.e. people are getting carried away with themselves and are already appointing his next fight. Or whether the author, even when talking about Henderson, has forgot that this fight is first?