Hendo: Sonnen vs. Jones bad for the sport

by Mike Chiappetta | source: mmafighting.com

Dan Henderson, who had hoped for a title shot himself against UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones, does not think that his friend Chael Sonnen getting the next shot makes sense. He does not however hold any ill will towards Sonnen, and would help him train for the fight.

"I absolutely think it was a bad decision for the sport," said Henderson on Wednesday's edition of The MMA Hour. "It just makes the sport lose a little bit of integrity."

"Someone offers (Chael) a fight and great opportunity like that, why wouldn’t he take it?"

"I understand that [Dana White] does what he does for the UFC and always has, first and foremost. He tries to accommodate the fighters as he can, but it’s more about saving the ratings on The Ultimate Fighter show, and I understand that."

In the mean time, Henderson feels that a fight will with Lyoto Machida on Superbowl weekend in Feb is most likely. However, Hendo will not have fought in over a year, much of it spent waiting for a title shot, and at 42 years old, he cannot wait for ever.

"I think that’s what’s being talked about," Dan said. "We'll wait and see. I don’t think it’s a secret. Dana already announced he was going to try to put him and me together."

"I feel like I want to be active. Whoever they put in front of me, I’ll fight, and I'll make sure I beat him."

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UGCTT_Winnson site profile image  

11/2/12 1:59 PM by UGCTT_Winnson

I like that's he's going to be one of Chael's coaches though.  Pretty cool beans imo.

bhealthy site profile image  

11/2/12 12:54 PM by bhealthy

But is is GREAT for any drug companies that zuffa employees may invest in

bhealthy site profile image  

11/2/12 12:53 PM by bhealthy

It is also bad for Cycling and Lance armweak

ShakeR_ site profile image  

11/2/12 9:54 AM by ShakeR_

Talk about missing the point... TwiceThe fight was scheduled. They were ready to go. Then he hurt his knee and it was canceled. Period. Recovery time (1 month sounds pretty short for an MCL anyway) is irrelevant. Mafia run boxing = free market? This somehow relates to Dana saying don't buy it if you don't like it? Until you are 'regulated' into being forced to buy a PPV, your point is a tangent at best.

Brian J DSouza site profile image  

11/1/12 3:40 AM by Brian J DSouza

Before various investigations by the Federal authorities and laws enacted by the government, boxing was run by the mafia. They did whatever they wanted-- fixed fights, skimmed money, bought people, etc. Even later on, rankings could be bought from various organizations, like the IBF.There's nothing really special or good about the current system, except from the perspective of a promoter that takes as much as it can as often as it can from whoever it can take it from.

JimmersonzGlove site profile image  

11/1/12 3:31 AM by JimmersonzGlove

I just really wanted to see Hendo vs JBJ so I'm pretty bummed. Lyoto will probably decision Hendo and we'll never get to see it now.

ShakeR_ site profile image  

11/1/12 1:49 AM by ShakeR_

The reason Hendo didn't get the exact fight he's complaining about 'his friend' Chael getting is bc he hurt is knee. His knee is also the reason he won't get a fight for over a year at age 42. Shit happens. If shit didn't happen, Hendo would have got the fight. He got a shitty break and now he sounds Jelly. (yes, he deserved the fight way more than Chael does. Not arguing that point.)I have Zero problem with Dana saying don't buy it if you don't like it. Im Not sure why people get so pissed about this statement. It's not Dana being cocky - he's just stating the obvious. It's a free market - be glad (it's the best kind there is).

keylockarmbar site profile image  

11/1/12 12:18 AM by keylockarmbar

when he says that if you dont like this or that then dont buy it or i dont want your money like saying fuck you, it makes my skin crawl. i know he brought it to the light but thats not a green lite to be a dick

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11/1/12 12:14 AM by thatsme

Hendo is only half correct. He should have added that Dana is also bad for the sport.

crazydave site profile image  

10/31/12 10:01 PM by crazydave

Dan should be happy for his friend.