UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones seemed destined for an extended break from the cage after a busy, and historic, 2011 campaign. However, rather than sit around getting fat on a tropical beach, it appears “Bones” actually wants to fight again as soon as possible and could sneak in a bout before summer based on his overwhelming desire to compete.
According to UFC President Dana White, Jones has already contacted him about taking to the Octagon again and possibly even squeezing in four fights this year as well.
“He called about four days ago and said ‘Okay let’s go, I’m done with vacation’,” explained White in an interview with ESPN Radio. “He said he wanted to take all this time off and then they were calling me four days ago saying he wants to fight as soon as possible. He’s ready to go.”
With Rashad Evans set to face Phil Davis later this month at UFC on FOX 2 it appears Dan Henderson might be the route the matchmaking team takes for Jones’ next defense rather than rival Evans or upstart Davis based purely on readiness. Henderson is a former PRIDE/Strikeforce champion coming off a win over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
Most of the UFC’s planned events over the next few months already have headliners with the exception of UFC 145. If Jones-Henderson is indeed booked for the April card it will mark Jones’ second consecutive clash in Canada with a December win over Lyoto Machida in Toronto.
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MMATraining Take: If Jones wants to fight again and Henderson is good to go there’s no reason the UFC should hold off on the bout. Evans/Davis will need a few months to heal and the winner of Jones-Henderson could still be booked for early/mid-summer.