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Jones: no future title shot for Hendo

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Mike Chiappetta

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It was about a year ago when Jon Jones and Dan Henderson were supposed to fight, a bout that was scuttled when Henderson went down with a knee injury. That ultimately led to the UFC canceling the entire UFC 151 event, and led to some major backlash for Jones, who turned down a late-notice replacement bout against Chael Sonnen.

While Jones went on to later fight and defeat Sonnen, Henderson never got his shot at the belt. Tired of sitting on the sidelines, Henderson fought Lyoto Machida and lost a split-decision, one of two straight defeats by the same method.

Time keeps ticking away on Henderson, who just turned 43 in August, and Jones doesn't expect the legend to make it back to top contender status.

"I doubt it," he said on Monday's edition of FOX Sports Live. "At this stage of Dan's career, I doubt he'll be making any title shots, so probably not, unless we meet at a parking lot or something."

Jones, who meets Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165, appears likely to have Glover Teixeira lined up next as long as he comes out victorious on Saturday.

In the interview, which was playfully conducted by Sonnen, Jones said he always felt Henderson and Sonnen had set him up. As you may recall, Henderson acknowledged that he was injured about three weeks before it was publicly revealed, but said he didn't disclose it in hopes he would heal in time to take the fight. Sonnen, who is Henderson's former teammate and longtime friend, then went to work on social media challenging Jones, though at the time, Henderson's injury was still under wraps.

Seems that the champ believes that's enough evidence to convict them of conspiracy.

"I know you guys set me up," Jones said. "Chael, you started to really chirp me right around the time Dan Henderson got hurt."

"Any room for coincidence on that?" Sonnen asked.

"No, I don't think so," Jones said. "You're a smart guy Chael."

If he was right, Sonnen wasn't saying.
 

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