Since he took the title, Jon Jones has faced three former-champions and sent them home with their regrets, leaving them to stare at the ceiling at night, replaying the fight in their head and trying to envision a different outcome; one where they emerge victorious.
Make no mistake about it, Jon Jones is for real.
But being “real” also means that there is always someone out there who can take what you have. Be it a bad stylistic match up, or just being hungrier, for every Ali there is a Frazier, for every Nogueira there is an Emelianenko, and so on.
The question is: does Jones have his foil in Dan Henderson?
If we know one thing about Henderson, it is that he has experienced it all in the fight game, and he is still game to fight, anyone, anytime.
He has had his mettle tested, and it has been found true.
As Jones implores Henderson to “keep it classy,” one cannot help but wonder if the champion is beginning to have doubts about himself. Trash talk is part of the game, and Rashad Evans clearly got under his skin before their fight at UFC 145.
In the cool and confident Henderson, Jones does not have a lot to worry about in the trash-talk department. He has got enough to worry about when it comes to Henderson as it is when they clash in the cage.
Let’s take a look and see why Henderson has a better chance at giving Jones sleepless nights of regret rather than vice versa.