ByJustin Golightly, writer at
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Jon Jones always made it a point in taking on his opponents at their advantage to show a point: brawling in the clinch with Glover Teixeira, standing toe-to-toe with Alexander Gustafsson, and wrestling with Daniel Cormier .

At Submission Underground 2 on December 11 in Portland, Oregon, "Bones" Jones will try and do just that against in a submission grappling match.

"I've faced a lot of great wrestlers and all of them had better credentials than I have," Jones told FloCombat. "It's always the same story. They say, 'I'm going to outwrestle Jon Jones,' and it's always me putting them on their asses. I'm excited to go out there and do it one more time."

"It always sucked not being able to compete against Dan, because he's one of the guys who has competed in my era and I never got to face. I'm really grateful I finally get to compete against this legend," Jones said. "It would have been nice to be able to throw punches and see how I stack up against that 'H-Bomb,' but for now we'll test each other in a different way."

While we wait for a new chapter in the life of the undisputed king of UFC's light heavyweight division, the book to Henderson's career has already been closed — on a loss. Making Jones tap by yanking on one of his lanky limbs may be just what he needs to leave on a high note.

"Dan Henderson just retired from MMA after losing a fight to Michael Bisping for the world title, Jones said. "I'm sure it would make him feel a lot better to come out and beat someone who has never lost in martial arts. I know he's going to have a little bit of a chip on his shoulder and I'm going to make sure I stay undefeated."

The last glimpse we had at Jones on the mat was against a handful of lucky fans at a NAGA tournament. However, he also showed his death grip not too long ago after they had a little fun on the mat. This lighthearted spirit not only got him through his suspension, but is something Jones looks to carry over in his grappling bout with Henderson.

"I'm going out there to have fun, and I'll be looking to dominate," Jones said. "That's all I've ever done in any martial art, and I don't think this is going to be any different."

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