Henderson: UFC promoting 'circus acts'

source: mmamania

In August, 42-year-old Dan Henderson suffered a knee injury and was forced out of a title shot against UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones. Lyoto Machida turned down a last minute opportunity to fight Jones, and Middleweight Chael Sonnen gamely agreed to step up, but was refused by Jones, infamously leading to the cancellation of UFC 151.

Henderson hoped that with his knee recovered he would again get a title shot. Instead, he gets a shot at Machida, while Sonnen gets at a shot at it all. Henderson has kept up a stready drumbeat of criticism, but has multiple times said it is not directed at his friend Chael Sonnen, but rather it is the UFC who he blames.

"That wasn't directed at Chael at all," said Henderson. "It is what it is. I called it how I saw it. I could have said that the UFC is promoting circus acts. You know, the man with the longest arms against MMA's biggest mouth? It is what it is. I don't think that the fans wanted to see that -- they don't view it as a real fight. I'll always have love for Chael. I'll definitely help him train if he needs or wants my help. Advice? I trained a whole training camp for Jones. I probably have a lot of game plan in there. But, Chael and I are just different fighters, as well."

Jones fights Sonnen at the close of TUF 17. Henderson fights Machida at UFC 156 in Feb. If Jones and Henderson both win, barring the dangers of the world, Hendo may yet get a title shot before he retires. But for now, he trains and waits and calls it like he sees it.


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Acidic site profile image  

11/9/12 12:05 PM by Acidic

at 185? a good chance   at 205? not a chance in hell does Chael have of beating anyone in the top 5 specially somoene like Hendo

forrestfan site profile image  

11/9/12 11:59 AM by forrestfan

At least Dan could end the fight with a punch, while Chael would need to hold Jon down for the majority of 5 rounds. And that isn't gonna happen.

wazzu19 site profile image  

11/9/12 11:46 AM by wazzu19

Circus act fights still take balls...Pride def had some circus fights! The Japanese fans loved it

Krs10KO.com site profile image  

11/9/12 11:23 AM by Krs10KO.com

Title forgot to add this part.

Soup and Beer site profile image  

11/9/12 11:18 AM by Soup and Beer

I really like Dan but honestly I think Chael could beat Dan on takedown ability alone.  So that doesn't say much good about Dan's chances against Jones.

I_Pulled_Guard_On_Kimbo site profile image  

11/9/12 11:18 AM by I_Pulled_Guard_On_Kimbo

Dan "new-romo-a-day" Henderson.

chew22 site profile image  

11/9/12 11:15 AM by chew22

Dan's getting spanked a little by the UFC for the late disclosure of the injury, and has to wait a fight for a title shot.And yes, the UFC does promote circus acts because they sell tickets.

145er site profile image  

11/9/12 11:08 AM by 145er

Dan got screwed...

Augie Max site profile image  

11/9/12 10:53 AM by Augie Max

"I could have said"

Authority Figure site profile image  

11/9/12 10:49 AM by Authority Figure

I agree. It's Dan's fault for not disclosing his injury sooner. That said, while I do see it as a circus act, lots of people enjoy going to the circus. Its going to do huge numbers. Weird seeing what makes Dan angry.