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Turns Out, Dan Henderson Injured His Knee Over a Fortnight Ago

(Henderson, at the exact moment in his career he realized he could’ve had a V8.) 

Had he known that his knee injury would ultimately play a role in one of the most embarrasing moments in MMA history not involving Ken Shamrock [Author's note: Now THAT is how you make shameless plugs flow with the context of your article.], we’re sure Dan Henderson and his camp would have done things much, much differently. But be that as it may, you might be surprised to learn that Hendo actually injured his knee some three weeks ago, but simply didn’t have the heart to admit defeat until his final day of sparring. FightersOnly has the scoop, via Hendo’s coach, Daniel Woirin:

Dan Henderson got hurt three weeks ago during sparring when he went to defend a takedown and for a while he has to be away from training, for two to three weeks. It was very difficult for him to refuse the fight. All the team had to convince him not to do it. 

We did a final sparring yesterday to evaluate his condition and he really didn’t have the chance to fight with Jones. It is so depressing for everybody. Many things are involved in a high-level fight like this one, but unfortunately, this happened. 

Now, where the Hendo/Amurica fan in me wants to simply chalk this up as a classic case of a 41 year-old man being stubborn (I imagine Hendo said something along the lines of “them book-reading doctor pussies ain’t gonna tell me what to do” at one point), I simply can’t overlook the fact that Dan’s camp made a huge mistake in waiting until the very last minute to pull out of the fight.


Although it is true that if you were to look up the word “pride” in the dictionary, Dan Henderson would reach through that book, grab you by the throat, and ask how you, a man, don’t know what the word “pride” means, his injury seems like it could’ve been handled in much smoother fashion by all parties involved. Perhaps informing Dana White a couple weeks out that Henderson had injured himself, but was going to give it some time before he made a decision, would’ve allowed the UFC enough time to find a more suitable backup opponent than Chael Sonnen.

Then again, maybe it wouldn’t have.

Regardless of where you stand on this issue (it better be on Hendo’s side), it looks like Henderson’s camp will be expecting an immediate title shot when the former Strikeforce LHW champion is healthy again, whenever that may be.

“His fight has been called off and when he bounces back, he will be able to dispute the belt,” said Woirin. “After all, it’s not like the injury was osteoporosis-related. Yet.”

OK, I made up that last part. Because we all deserve a laugh to start off our weekend.

-J. Jones

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xvashx- August 26, 2012 at 10:15 am
I would like to point this out Jon Bones Jones saw the Silva vs Sonnen match... in my mind Sonnen got beat by a man that is almost 40 (Silva is 37) How in Gods green earth would you want to go up against some one that is 12 years younger. Jon Jones is fast and Jon Jones knows it. In his mind its not worthy to fight someone that got beat by a an old man that can kick ass
cecils_pupils- August 25, 2012 at 3:59 pm
So lemme get this straight, you injure your knee 21 days out, then try to train on it for another12 days before you decide to pull out of a main event - bullshit. So Hendo tries to train on a freshly injured knee for almost 2 weeks then discloses it 8 days from the fight? Fuck that shit - this is his fuckin fault.

Stop making Jones the scapegoat.
MaritalArtist- August 25, 2012 at 3:40 pm
It's ok not to disclose your injury to your opponent or the public if you still think you're going to fight. What, you really think he's gonna say "hey bones, my right knee is tweaked, so please focus on that. Thanks!"
BaghdadBob- August 25, 2012 at 1:34 pm
If true, then that was just plain fucking stupid of you, Henderson.
cecils_pupils- August 25, 2012 at 7:32 am
All this hate for Jones and the fact is that Hendo should have disclosed the injury when it happened, then Jones may have taken a fight on 3 weeks notice instead of 8 days. Once again, I blame Hendo...

Johnny James- August 24, 2012 at 8:34 pm
Old man Hendo should just retire.He blew his knee up and ruined the entire card.He would probably get destroyed by Johnny Bones anyway.He stayed inactive for too long after the Shogun fight.I respect Dan as a fighter but his time is probably up
rlh61- August 24, 2012 at 5:42 pm
The fact that it came out yesterday showed us a lot more about JBJ than if they said something three weeks ago. Disclosing the injury then might have saved one card, but the way it went down shows us something about Jones that will stick to him forever. I prefer it this way.
ArmFarmer- August 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm
This just keeps getting better.. I'm starting to think this whole thing is a lot more entertaining than the actual ppv would have been...
PingPong- August 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm
Chael must have known this when it first happened, then he first announced his division change and started his trolling on JBJ which culminated in all this.
Fried Taco- August 24, 2012 at 2:20 pm
Dan Henderson is the Black Knight! It's only a flesh wound!!
The12ozCurls- August 24, 2012 at 1:59 pm
JJ - How loaded are you already?
You earned it after that Roundtable submission.
jyveturkey- August 24, 2012 at 1:55 pm
"you might be surprised to learn that Hendo actually injured his knee some three weeks ago"

CP you might be surprised to know Planet Earth knew about this yesterday. Love CP, but just sayin.
J.Jones- August 24, 2012 at 1:58 pm
But we were too busy ripping on Jon Jones yesterday to get the story out. I'd say it was a fair trade.