While Greg Jackson is sticking to his stupid opinion that one should never take a fight with under a month to prepare, his coaching partner in crime Mike Winkeljohn took things a bit further, suggesting that Hendo’s late pullout was part of an attempted screwjob by Chael Sonnen to catch their champion with his pants down. ‘We’d happily fight Chael Sonnen,’ he says. ‘Just without the Pearl Harbor surprise attack.’
Now maybe I can see Chael pulling something like that but Hendo? Hendo is a salt of the earth kinda guy who’s so wholesome and natural I doubt he even understands the concept of a lie. Or so he comes across, especially compared to Jon Jones. So I believe him when he says
“Chael didn’t know anything about it,” said Henderson on The MMA Hour. “He had definitely not been training at all. My guys told me that Greg Jackson said in an interview that Chael was down training with me and getting ready for the fight and knew I was hurt. It was nothing like that at all. He wasn’t even down here. I asked him if he wanted to come down and help me train a couple months ago, but he didn’t come down.”
Plus there’s Chael’s trainers telling the same story. And according to Dana White, Chael was out of town dealing with the death of his girlfriend’s father when they called him (bad time of year for that it seems, phone yer pas and tell em you love them). OR MAYBE THAT’S JUST WHAT THEY’D LIKE YOU TO THINK. In truth, once Chael got to the funeral home, half of Team Quest climbed out of the other caskets and got down to business.
“Okay, Project Surprise & Crucify is now underway. Jesse Taylor and Okami, you’re on wrestling detail. Chael’s gonna work mitts for the next hour. Sokoudjou, just stay in the corner and don’t touch anyone.”