Jon Jones to face Dan Henderson in grappling match at Submission Underground 2

Jon Jones and Dan Henderson will have a chance to go at it in a grappling match on December 11.

The match will headline Submission Underground 2 at the Roseland Theatre in Portland, Oregon. The co-main event will feature a bout between fellow UFC stars Miesha Tate and Jessica Eye. Chael Sonnen, who founded the promotion, announced the news on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour hosted by MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani.

In related news, Jones, who last fought in April, received a one-year suspension from USADA for his violation of the Anti-Doping Policy. He tested positive for clomiphene and letrozole in an out-of-competition drug test administered in June which resulted in him being pulled from his UFC 200 main even bout against Daniel Cormier just days from the fight. He claimed that he unknowingly took the banned substances through a contaminated sexual-performance pill, which was later confirmed by USADA. However, a third-party arbitration panel concluded that, while Jones did not purposefully take the prohibited substances, he was at a high degree of fault for not having done his due diligence on the pill. Sonnen said that the suspension shouldn’t have any effect on Jones’ ability to compete in a grappling match.

Henderson, meanwhile, is coming off of a unanimous decision loss Michael Bisping at UFC 204 in his retirement bout for the middleweight title.

The two were scheduled to meet in an MMA fight at UFC 151 in 2012 but Henderson was forced out of the bout with a knee injury just days out. As a result, the entire card was cancelled and the blame was placed largely on Jones who refused to fight Chael Sonnen on short notice.

“The deal was pretty easy. Jon had come to the table pretty quick, and Jon suggested it.” Sonnen said about how the match got put together. “He said, ‘why don't we do Dan Henderson?' We were in talks with Nick Diaz, Michael Bisping wanted the match, and we kind of took Jon's advice. We thought, well, you know what, that does make some sense. That's the match that never happened, and we might be the only promotion to ever get these two guys together. So there it is.”


Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.


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