Jon Jones To Face Dan Henderson Next, Dana White Confirms
Jones will make his fourth light-heavyweight title defense against ex-Pride and Strikeforce champion Dan Henderson, UFC president Dana White confirmed on Saturday. Though no date or event was officially announced, July's UFC 149 in Calgary was hinted as a possibility.
"You know what? I feel great that I already have a mission," said Jones at Saturday's UFC 145 post-fight press conference. " I'm going to work extremely hard to better myself. I did things that I could've done better. Dan Henderson is an awesome opponent. He’s a winner and he has a huge fan base. I'm sure the haters are going to come right away. I'm OK with it. There's going to be a lot of things to conquer in this fight. He has extreme knockout power. I don't know who hits harder between him or Rampage. He has extreme knockout power and I’m excited to conquer it."
Jones further cemented his spot as the top light-heavyweight in the sport, earning a dominant unanimous decision victory over Evans in the main event of Saturday's UFC 145. The victory marked his seventh straight inside the Octagon, having also topped the likes of Ryan Bader, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Lyoto Machida in the past year.
Henderson, meanwhile, is currently riding a streak of his own, having put together four consecutive victories. After three-straight knockout wins over Renato Sobral, Rafael Cavalcante and Fedor Emelianenko under the Strikeforce banner, the 41-year-old returned to the Octagon last November, notching a close-fought decision victory over Mauricio Rua at UFC 139.
(Pictured: Dan Henderson)