Coach: Jon Jones beats Dan Henderson everywhere


There are a few figures in sports whose excellence elveates the entire sport. Muhammad Ali brought extraordinary attention to boxing, as did Jordan to basketball, and Pele to soccer. Jon Jones appears to be that man in MMA, the one who breaks through to mainstream celebrity, and eevates the sport along with it.

Thus who Jones fights next is not just interesting, it is important.

Jones is likely to fight either Dan Henderson, who is coming off a win over Shogun, or the winner of Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis at UFC on FOX 2 on Jan. 28.

In an interview with the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Savage Dog Show” Jones’ trainer Mike Winkeljohn gamed each of the possinle next opponents. “They all present different challenges,” said Winkeljohn. “I’m not sure which one’s the biggest. Dan’s big right hand is always a big challenge. [He’s] somebody that could be able to close that gap and find a hole and try to get to Jon’s chin. That’s probably the dilemma with him, but he’s small. I don’t think he can outwrestle Jon. I think Jon beats him everywhere. I don’t think he can hit [Jones] with that right hand.”

“I think Jon kills Phil Davis with his standup. I think Phil Davis is a tremendous wrestler and I’m sure his standup’s going to get better daily. We’ll see how much better it’s improved when he fights Rashad. That will tell me a lot about where he’s going with his training and what he’s doing.”

“I think Rashad Evans is probably capable of closing the gap, if he wants to, faster than anybody out there in trying to strike with Jon. But I think [against] all of them, Jon’s got the ability to just pick them apart from long range like he has with all of his other fights and break them down and then finish the fight when it’s time.”

“I think he’s prepared to fight Rashad. I think mentally, I don’t have a problem with where his head’s at with Rashad. He believes in his heart that he can beat Rashad. So no matter what Rashad says, it becomes posturing. … I think Jon sees that and I’m not worried about it.”

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Jons Forsberg site profile image  

12/26/11 10:09 AM by Jons Forsberg

Winkeljohn is more annoying than Bones Jones himself.

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12/26/11 10:03 AM by Bipolar

Don't drink and type, kids.

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12/26/11 9:39 AM by DVDragon

LOL, you've said some retarded stuff in the past but you've really out done yourself on this post. You might need to back away from the internets for awhile, you're losing it...

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12/25/11 11:36 PM by JamieVarnerNuttHugginsJinx

This reminds me of the great baseball pitcher Curt Schilling. He would tell the batter (insert BIGNAME player here) "im going to throw you all fast balls." He would then give those fackers all fast balls. More often than not batters struck out.

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12/25/11 11:31 PM by Poindexter


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12/25/11 11:24 PM by Fly Rodder

Who spell checked that post? Jesus, a six year old could do better.

Wasa-B site profile image  

12/25/11 11:24 PM by Wasa-B

Anderson, Rogerio, Misaki, Kondo, Shields, Rampage, a quite a few others already did.

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12/25/11 11:23 PM by Wasa-B

Completely agreed about Dan and Jones. However, is there anyone else but you who think its Pride kiddies holding Hendo up to esteem right now? You hold Machida in high regard. Who derailed the Machida era again?

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12/25/11 11:22 PM by stonepony

Not many. Machida might be able to avoid it, and JBJ would most likely avoid it. IMO.