We may never have gotten to see it take place in the Octagon, but it looks like Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson will take place. No, not in an MMA contest, but a grappling match.
Henderson’s longtime training partner Chael Sonnen founded Submission Underground which held its first event in July. Sonnen announced on The MMA Hour that the two fighters would be headlining the second event, Submission Underground 2, set to take place Dec. 11.
The news came shortly after news broke that Jones had received a one-year suspension from USADA from his UFC 200 failed drug test, but Sonnen does not think the news will have any effect on his event’s main event.
“I don’t think that affects it,” Sonnen said (transcription via MMA Fighting). “… Grappling never has in the past, but the commission, if they ask for something, particularly if you’re making a deal, you want to do it their way. So I imagine there could be some red tape there.
“I don’t have a concern about it. But I suppose we have to go back to the other side and make sure there’s nothing missing there.”
Jones and Henderson were once scheduled to fight under the UFC banner. Then-champion Jones was set to defend the title against Henderson at UFC 151. Less than two weeks out, Henderson pulled out with a knee injury. Sonnen elected to fill Henderson’s place, but Jones and his team refused to accept a replacement fight.
The fiasco ultimately led to UFC cancelling its first event ever.
Henderson recently retired MMA following his UFC 204 loss against middleweight champion Michael Bisping.