Two long time friends and training partners in Dan Henderson and Chael Sonnen are both gunning for the light heavyweight title currently held by Jon Jones. Henderson was earlier promised a title shot, but Sonnen had somehow leap-frogged over a bunch of contenders and is currently set to face Jones at UFC 159, following a coaching gig on The Ultimate Fighter.
This gifted title shot has irked Hendo before, and while they have still remained friends since, the former PRIDE champion has stated that he is willing to face his teammate in the UFC. Henderson told Tatame about it. (HT: MMAMania):
“We’re friends, but above all we fight now in the same category and therefore have the same goal. We both compete for the same belt.”
“Our friendship is more than a title and we are professional enough to let the rivalry be just inside the Octagon. It would be a different situation, but our profession in this type of situation is quite possible to happen.”
Booking a fight between Sonnen and Henderson still isn’t close to happening yet though, as the hypothetical match up would only make sense when both fighters win their next fights against Jon Jones and Lyoto Machida respectively.
Either way, with Dana White having problems with other teams in the past, and recently having a stance that MMA fighters should follow how Mayweather builds training camps, Hendo’s statement must’ve been music to his ears
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