MANILA, Philippines – Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones warned his next challenger, veteran Dan Henderson, to be wary of his knockout power when they meet in the Octagon on September 1.
Jones told MMA Weekly that he is aware of Henderson's vaunted right hand, known in MMA circles as the "H-Bomb."
"To be honest with you, he has a good overhand right, a good left hook, strong wrestling, nothing I haven't seen before," Jones said.
But Jones warned that he has also been developing his power to go along with his striking game and clinch work.
"The biggest thing I've been doing differently is just learning how to put people down," Jones said. "We're realizing by watching my own fights, my coaching staff and I, that I am becoming a pretty good kickboxer, but I'm not dropping anybody."
"So we're working on foundation, using your legs, working on power," he added.
Jones then said he is aiming for a one-punch knockout of Henderson.
"Everybody's talking about Dan Henderson's knockout power, but it might just be a one-punch knockout for me this time," he said.
If Jones succeeds, he will become the first man to knockout the 41-year-old Henderson, who is notoriously difficult to put down.
But Jones is quick to say that he is not underestimating Henderson, who has won championships in Strikeforce and Pride, and last year won "Fight of the Year" honors for his epic five-round battle against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.
"Dan Henderson is right up there, I think he ranks as high as anybody I've fought in 2011. He's a champion of every other organization in the world," Jones said.
"He's somebody not to be taken lightly," he added.
Jones is looking to defend his light heavyweight title for the fourth straight time, which he believes will bring him closer to being one of the greatest fighters in UFC history.
Tito Ortiz defended the light heavyweight title a record five times.
"I'm closing in on Tito Ortiz's record, one of the greatest light heavyweights of all time,"Jones said. "That's something that also motivates me to just keep hitting it hard."