Dan Henderson Injury: Partially Torn MCL Saves Hendo Beatdown From Jon Jones

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIAugust 23, 2012

HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 17:  Legendary MMA Superstar and two time Olympic Wrestler Dan Henderson attends the CBS' Strikeforce MMA Fighters Open Media Workout on March 17, 2010 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
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Dan Henderson has suffered a partially torn MCL, and that means he will not meet light heavyweight king Jon Jones at UFC 151. Subsequently, the entire card has been canceled per Mark Lamonica of Newsday.

According to Lamonica, UFC President Dana White tried to get Jones to take on Chael Sonnen on eight days notice, but the champ refused.

From Henderson's standpoint, the cancellation really just spared him a thrashing. As great a career as Hendo has had, I never game him a chance to beat Bones.

The length and size advantage would be too much for him to overcome. Jones is the rare big man that actually knows how to use his size. The age disparity is also something you can't ignore.

Hendo is 41 years old, and Jones is 25. The 16 year age gap is another huge impediment for Henderson. He has so much heart, but that quality would just put him in line to eat more strikes.

This meeting, and any eventual meeting the two might have, would end in Jones' favor.

Some may criticize Jones for not taking the Sonnen fight on short notice, but I don't.

MMA is a sport, and Jones is one of its brightest and most talented champions. He's not in a position where he's trying to claw his way up the ladder. He's already on top, and that earned position affords him the right of refusal in situations like this.

Jones will now take Lyoto Machida for a second time in Toronto on September 22, according to Lamonica.

Henderson would have given Jones a strong effort, but in the end Jones would have beaten him up for five rounds.


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