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UFC's Dan Henderson Takes a Shot at Jon Jones on New Year's Eve

Apr 21, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Jon Jones reacts to beating Rashad Evans in the main event and light heavyweight title bout during UFC 145 at Philips Arena. Jon Jones won the bout by unanimous decision. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-USA TODAY Sports
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McKinley NobleCorrespondent IJanuary 1, 2013

Even though their once-planned title fight has long since been buried, UFC light heavyweight contender Dan Henderson couldn't resist taking one final jab at Jon Jones.

Although many of the other fighters in the UFC had nothing but well wishes for their family, friends, training partners and Twitter followers, Henderson's last Twitter message in 2012 seemed pointedly directed at Jones:

Wishin everyone a Happy New year!! Be safe!No drinking and driving and hitting telephone poles — Dan Henderson (@danhendo) January 1, 2013

 

Of course, "Hendo" is referring to the infamous car crash that wrecked Jones' New Continental GT Bentley earlier this past May, an incident where Jones was found to be under the influence of alcohol. Jones' accident thankfully didn't involve any fatalities, taking place around 5:00 a.m. in a suburban area of Binghamton, New York.

As noted by WBNG Action News, Jones struck a telephone pole while driving, with two other women in the vehicle at the time of the crash. Jones later pleaded guilty to a DWI charge (driving while intoxicated), and was fined $6,563.62 with a six-month suspension of his driver's license.

Per the terms of Jones' sentence, he can reapply for a license on Jan. 31, but still must avoid all legal violations for one year after his July 31 sentencing date.

Henderson and Jones were once set to face off for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship at UFC 151, but the bout was canceled little more than a week prior when Henderson turned up with a knee injury. After Jones rejected late-replacement opponent Chael Sonnen and withdrew from the fight, the event was canceled altogether, drawing the fury of UFC president Dana White.

Nonetheless, Jones will still face Sonnen at a future date in his fifth title defense now that both men are finished filming the 17th season of The Ultimate Fighter.

Henderson, on the other hand, will now have to complete a title eliminator match against former UFC champion Lyoto Machida. That fight will serve as the co-main event at UFC 157, with women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey headlining the card in a bout with challenger Liz Carmouche.

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