The UFC’s decision to award Chael Sonnen a crack at light heavyweight champion Jon Jones’ belt didn’t sit well with many people including a number of the talented 205ers in line with superior claims to contendership. A handful of fighters even went so far as to express their anger publicly including former title-holder Lyoto Machida.
“The Dragon”, who lost his shot at Jones’ belt by requiring more than a few weeks to train for the tilt, has since gotten over his issue with Sonnen and moved on with his life as he made clear in a recent interview.
“At the moment I was a little upset. But it’s all good, it’s passed. There’s always two sides to everything. Looking at it from an athlete’s perspective, Chael Sonnen might have cut across a lot of people and maybe cut the line to get a shot at the belt. But for the UFC, it might be a good thing for this fight to happen at this time. There’s always two sides.”
“I’m very happy to be fighting Dan Henderson…It’s a good fight and its another challenge for me. If I want to fight for the belt again, I need to get through this fight first.”
SOURCE: The MMA Hour
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