UFC 140 Results: Why Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson Should Happen Now
In the last two UFC pay-per-view events, two light-heavyweights stood tall in epic main event encounters.
At UFC 140, Jon Jones asserted his dominance over the division with a standing guillotine choke victory over former champion Lyoto Machida.
Not since Chuck Liddell has the light-heavyweight championship been defended twice.
Jones is the undisputed No. 1 light-heavyweight in the world and Henderson is ranked as high as No. 2 by some publications, so why not match these guys up?
Both Are on Hot Streaks
Jones' only loss was to Matt Hamill, and it was a disqualification in a bout that Jones dominated.
He has won four fights in 2011 and has won them all in spectacular fashion, finishing everyone in his path. Jones hasn't gone to a decision since his win over Stephan Bonnar at UFC 94. Since then, a ton of talent have fallen to the 205 lb kingpin.
Jake O'Brien, Brandon Vera, Vladimir Matyushenko, Ryan Bader, Shogun Rua, Rampage Jackson and Lyoto Machida. It speaks volumes about Jones' skill and talent level, and he just continues to get better.
Henderson is no slouch, either. He is on a four-fight winning streak and has won seven of his last eight bouts overall.
His win over Fedor Emelianenko is enough to put Henderson in an elite class of fighters. Fedor's not the only man to fall to Hendo as in his last eight bouts, he finished Michael Bisping and Renato Sobral. He also went the distance with Rich Franklin and Shogun. His only loss was to Jake Shields in a great five-round encounter for the Strikeforce Middleweight championship in April 2010.
Both of these guys are fighting at their very best at this point, so a bout between the two of them would be epic.
Rashad Evans/Phil Davis
Rashad Evans and Phil Davis are set to fight at UFC on FOX 2 in a bout that will decide the next challenger to the light-heavyweight title.
Evans has had his shot to get at Jones, but injuries have gotten in his way on two occasions. We all know that Jones and Evans don't like each other, so that bout would be very exciting.
The only problem for Evans is that Davis is no pushover.
Davis is a perfect 9-0 and holds big wins over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Brian Stann and Tim Boetsch.
Davis is also a former NCAA Division I national champion wrestler and may have a slight edge on the ground against another collegiate wrestler in Evans.
The winner should get a title shot, but who knows when that is going to be?
Jones wants to take six months off before he fights again, and if the history of injuries for Evans tells you anything, it's that he probably won't be ready for another fight until at least the fall of 2012.
In the meantime, Jones needs competition and Henderson will provide a big challenge.
Henderson Wants the Fight, Calls out Jones
In a statement made via Twitter after UFC 140, Dan Henderson (@danhendo) said:
"Congrats to @jonnybones -- great win. Hey @danawhite, I'd like to see if his chin is as good as he thinks & I'm ready to go."
Jones has stated that he wants to be a company guy, and whatever Dana White wants him to do, he will do so. If White asks him to do a fight with Henderson, Jones will be game.
This is likely Henderson's last chance to go for a title unless he fights near his 50's, like Randy Couture. Hendo is in great shape and a fight between the best of the current generation and one of the best of all time is appealing and would generate a lot of buzz for multiple reasons.
Could Henderson top his performance against Shogun? Could Jones continue his dominance and position himself as the greatest light-heavyweight of all time?
What do you think?