Jones: no future title shot for Hendo

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

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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.