Dan Henderson has made it clear in recent months that he’s not the biggest Jon Jones fan, and the legendary fighter continues to criticize the UFC’s light-heavyweight champ.
As nearly every MMA fan under the sun recalls, in January it was revealed that Jones tested positive for cocaine, leading up to his bout with Daniel Cormier. Since it was an out of competition test, Jones wasn’t suspended by the Nevada Commission, and he’s booked to fight Anthony Johnson on May 23rd. The champion was fined $25,000 by the UFC.
Jones apologized for his actions, and entered into a rehab program, but not long after it was revealed the renowned fighter spent one night at the facility.
“Yea, I think there should have been much higher consequences for that,” said Henderson. “It doesn’t teach anyone a lesson. It doesn’t have the fans and public respect the UFC when they don’t lay the hammer down a little bit. The UFC can still get behind him and push him to “clean up,” but there still needed to be some sort of reprimand, also.
“Not just a little, ‘Hey, we’re behind you all the way. We’re glad you’re getting help. We’re glad you went to rehab for 10 hours or four hours’ or whatever it was. That’s all it was. I think there could have been more.”
Of course, “Hendo” isn’t the only person who’s made this argument since all of this unfolded. Jones aside, Henderson is booked to fight Tim Boetsch at the UFC’s June 6th, Fight Night in New Orleans.
The 44 year-old star is coming off a quick, stoppage loss to Gegard Mousasi in January. Boetsch, on the other hand, was choked out by Thales Leites in his last outing.