Last weekend Jon Jones followed up what was arguably the most dominant year in MMA history with an impressive victory over arch-nemesis Rashad Evans. Having toppled four consecutive UFC champions, “Bones” is so far ahead of the pack at 205lbs that he can barely reach them with his jab, and as he heads into his next bout against living-legend Dan Henderson it looks like everyone is putting their money on the champ. Well, you know, not *everyone*.
MMA oddsmaker Nick Kalikas has crunched the numbers for the Bones-Hendo affair and the odds are not kind to the former Pride and Strikeforce champion. Jones is opening up at -545 while the 41-year-old Henderson comes in as a big ‘dog at +385. So, he’s basically giving Dan as little of a chance as the rest of Bones’ challengers, only we still have plenty of time for the line to move.
Henderson may not have ended 2011 with UFC gold around his waist, but he wasn’t exactly sitting on his ass last year either. After H-Bombing the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight belt off of “Feijao” last March, Henderson pounded the final nail into Fedor Emelianenko’s Strikeforce-shaped coffin then headed home to the UFC where he and Shogun proceeded to beat the tar out of one another in the battle of the millennium.
Henderson’s pedigree speaks for itself, but it’s hard to picture anyone taking out Jones right now. Still, with these odds in mind, who are you emptying your wallet on?