Former PRIDE and Strikeforce champion Dan Henderson is a longtime friend and training partner of new light heavyweight title challenger Chael Sonnen.
That doesn't mean that the former Olympic-level wrestler was happy to hear about "The American Gangster's" scheduled title fight with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
"Hendo" took to Twitter on Wednesday morning, letting UFC president Dana White know that he strongly disagreed with Sonnen getting a title fight despite not fighting at 205 pounds for nearly seven and a half years.
I guess I should just quit training to win fights and to be exciting for the fans and just go to shit talking school. @danawhite
— Dan Henderson (@danhendo) October 17, 2012
Yesterday, it was announced that Sonnen would coach season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter opposite Jones, and they will fight for the title on April 27. The Los Angeles Times broke the story.
Sonnen is coming off of a second-round TKO loss to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 148 and made the decision to move back up to light heavyweight a few months later.
The former two-time All-American collegiate wrestler was scheduled to return to the Octagon at UFC 155 against former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin, but that bout has been scrapped in favor of a trilogy between Griffin and Stephan Bonnar.
Henderson was originally scheduled to face Jones at UFC 151 but had to pull out of the fight on just eight days notice due to a knee injury.
"Uncle Chael" was called upon as a last-minute replacement for the 25-year-old champion, but Jones turned down the fight, and the event was ultimately cancelled.
Neither White or Sonnen responded to Henderson's tweet as of Wednesday afternoon.
Does Henderson have a right to be annoyed now that Sonnen has cut him in line for a title shot without winning a fight at 205 pounds?
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