Jones: It feels funny fighting a guy his age
Yes, Jones can appreciate Hendo’s resume and longevity. Yes, he has respect for his crushing power. But Jones also feels like the murderer’s row of opponents he’s faced in his last four fights — former UFC champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Lyoto Machida, Jackson and Evans — has prepared him for everything he will see from Henderson at UFC 151.
In fact, ask him if Henderson offers anything he’s yet to experience, Jones doesn’t require even a moment of thought.
“No,” he said. “I feel as if he’s an older, slower version of Rashad Evans.”
…He said, that’s only one of many pieces of motivation pushing him forward. Among the others is one that is a bit surprising. Namely, Henderson’s testosterone replacement therapy usage, which he says, actually benefits him.
“It feels funny fighting a guy his age,” he said. “To know that he has some advantages helps me train harder and not to think anything about having mercy on him.”