UFC light heavyweight Dan Henderson has been absorbing a lot of information over the past few days since news broke about his inability to face Jon Jones on September 1 at UFC 151 and the event’s subsequent cancellation. One of the many stories floating around has pertained to Henderson having told Chael Sonnen about his injured knee three weeks ago when he first suffered a torn MCL, allowing Sonnen to start training for a potential fight with Jones rather than enter it with six weeks of rust.
Henderson, who has heard the rumor, was quick to shoot it down today saying Sonnen was not only in the dark but likely would have lost if the bout had actually occurred.
“Chael didn’t know anything about it. He had definitely not been training at all,” explained Henderson in an interview on The MMA Hour. “My guys told me that Greg Jackson said in an interview that Chael was down training with me and getting ready for the fight and knew I was hurt. It was nothing like that at all. He wasn’t even down here. I asked him if he wanted to come down and help me train a couple months ago, but he didn’t come down.”
As far as how Sonnen might have performed in the match-up, Henderson appeared to have little faith in his Team Quest teammate’s ability to pull off a feat as grand as beating Jones on such short notice.
“Chael might’ve done okay in the first round, maybe take Jon Jones down and then probably run out of gas pretty quickly,” said Henderson. “Being out of shape, for Chael to take Jon Jones down would require probably a little more energy than to bounce around the cage and exchange punches with him. So I think he definitely would’ve needed a little bit more gas than sitting on the couch for six weeks would give him.”
The 42-year old Henderson also revealed he’s healing up fine and expects to fight again before the end of 2012, likely against Jones if the champion retains his title against Vitor Belfort at UFC 152.
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