Though the world already knew the match-up was made it looks like UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones now has a date lined up for his upcoming title-defense against Dan Henderson.

According to UFC President Dana White, Jones and Henderson will fight on September 1 in Las Vegas at UFC 151. No other bouts have been revealed for the Labor Day Weekend event.

Henderson earned his shot at the dynamic 24-year old by taking out Mauricio Rua last November to build on a four-fight run also featuring success against Rafael Cavalcante, Renato Sobral, and Fedor Emelianenko. He holds an overall record of 29-8 with wins over a number of notable competitors such as Michael Bisping, Wanderlei Silva, Rich Franklin, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

The fight will mark the third time the 16-1 Jones has put his belt on the line. His most recent outing involved an outpointing of Rashad Evans with the other two defenses including submissions of Quinton Jackson and Lyoto Machida.


MMATraining Take: It’s difficult to not be excited about this fight. Henderson’s knockout power is well-documented over his legendary career, while Jones has absorbed a few stiff blows in his last couple of outings and could be in trouble if “Hendo” connects. Then again, “Bones” is a beast so he might end up dominating Dan.