UFC 140 Results: Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson Head-to-Toe Breakdown

Matt Saccaro@@mattsaccaroContributor IIIDecember 12, 2011

UFC 140 Results: Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson Head-to-Toe Breakdown

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    Dan Henderson may be the only fighter left in the UFC light heavyweight division who can possibly dethrone champion Jon Jones.

    Jones has dismantled three legitimately top fighters in Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Lyoto Machida.

    But good ol' Dan Henderson is one of the few men standing in the way of Jones' complete domination of the division.

    So what would a fight between the two men look like?

    Read and find out!

Striking: Jones

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    Dan Henderson's right hand (nicknamed the "H-bomb" by fans) is his only weapon as far as striking is concerned. It's a powerful weapon to be sure, but it's only one weapon.

    Meanwhile, Jones' unbelievable reach and unorthodox striking mean he will be able to attack Henderson with an array of techniques rather than just his right hand.

    Jones may not have the same power in his strikes, but his reach and diversity will more than make up for it.

Wrestling: Dan Henderson

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    Dan Henderson has the wrestling advantage (on paper at least).

    Henderson is a two-time Olympian in Greco-Roman wrestling, and Jones is just a junior college champion.

    However, despite his lack of high-level credentials, Jones has managed to bring other, more accomplished wrestlers to the mat effortlessly.

    So while Henderson has the advantage on paper, it won't be known if he's really the better MMA-wrestler until Jones and Henderson actually fight.

Submissions: Jon Jones

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    Dan Henderson's last true submission win was almost 15 years ago.

    Jon Jones has won his last two fights via submission and has five submission victories overall.

    Thus, it's pretty safe to say that Jones has better submission abilities than Henderson (although neither fighter is probably a submission wizard off their back).

Conditioning: Jon Jones

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    Jon Jones has displayed excellent conditioning in his fights while Dan Henderson has shown that it can be an issue for him sometimes (most recently against "Shogun" Rua and Jake Shields).

    Also, Jones is nearly 40 years younger than Henderson, adding to his advantage in conditioning.

Training Camp: Jon Jones

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    Jones trains at Greg Jackson's prestigious training camp in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This facility has the best coaches and best training partners. 

    While Dan Henderson's Team Quest isn't a poor facility, it can't match that of Greg Jackson's. Jones indisputably has a better camp.

Winner: Jones by Late (T)KO or Submission

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    Jones is too athletic, and his striking is too diverse for an aged Dan Henderson. Jones' might even be able to outgrapple the Olympian!

    Henderson will try to land his H-bomb, but that's all he can do. Jones meanwhile will attempt numerous takedowns and fire an assortment of crazy strikes at Henderson.

    The champ can win this fight whichever way he chooses. He can submit Henderson after a takedown (or with a standing guillotine), or he can take Henderson down and (T)KO him with ground-and-pound and devastating elbows.