Stephan Bonnar and Jon Jones expected to make Octagon returns against each other at UFC 94

UFC light heavyweights Stephan Bonnar and Jon Jones have verbally committed to fighting each other at UFC 94 on January 31 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

A source close to Jones’ Team Bomb Squad revealed the news to FiveOuncesOfPain.com earlier today. While only verbal commitments have been secured so far, the source stated that finalized bout agreements could be signed within the coming days.

For Bonnar, who was the light heavyweight runner-up during the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter, it would mark his first fight since Oct. 20, 2007, when he recorded a second round TKO over Eric Schafer at UFC 77.

Bonnar is 11-4 overall during his MMA career and is 5-3 in eight career bouts contested under the UFC banner with notable wins over Sam Hoger, Keith Jardine, and James Irvin.

Jones is a member of the aforementioned Team Bomb Squad, one of the leading MMA training camps on the East Coast. He is a unique story in that he has trained in MMA for less than a year but is already competing in the UFC.

After making his pro debut this past April, Jones reeled off five consecutive wins including a second round TKO over one-time EliteXC fighter Moyses Gabin during Battle Cage Xtreme 5 this past July.

The win over Gabin garnered the attention of UFC Vice President of Talent Relations Joe Silva, who signed Jones to fight UFC newcomer Andre Gusmao on short notice at UFC 87 this past August. Coming into the bout a huge underdog, Jones surprised the formerly undefeated Renzo Gracie student with an array of dynamic strikes that earned him a unanimous decision victory.

UFC 94, scheduled to be available on pay-per-view, is expected to be headlined by UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre defending his crown against current UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn.

15 COMMENTS
  • KTru says:

    This will be an exciting fight!

    Now let the regular group of haters come in and say how both can never finish fights, and it will be “lay and pray” for 15 minutes

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  • Self Defense says:

    Where has Stephan been for the last year?

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  • Mike Wolfe says:

    “Lay and pray?” Bonnar is a former golden gloves boxer and a striker. Jones has a wrestling background, but is also an excellent kick boxer. I don’t know how anybody would conclude this will be a wrestling match.

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  • Loco541 says:

    injuries self defense, just like all these other fighters.

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  • Rich S. says:

    damn.
    i’ve been wanting Stephen to return for forever now..
    and as soon as he does.. it’s against someone i was really excited about seeing progress [Jones]

    Jones looked like a beast in his last fight..
    he’s really exciting..

    i’ll be rooting for Stephen though..
    i can’t wait for him to get back in the LHW mix..

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  • Robert says:

    Stephan Bonnar will never be in the light heavyweight mix he never really progressed after the TUF finale.If Jon Jones can beat Andre Gusmao he can surely handle Stephan Bonnar.Bonnar is on the down side of his career.

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  • egad81 says:

    This has the potential of being another BONNAR vs FORREST Tuf 1 finale.
    Both guys have really great stand up.

    I am a big Bomb Squad fan. EAST COAST!

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  • CHRIS says:

    SEEING AS THOUGH JON JONES IS MY BOY, HE’S GONNA HAND STEFAN BONNAR HIS ASS QUICK, THE UFC HASNT SEEN A JUDO TOSSING WRESLTER WITH THIS KIND OF SKILL NOT TO MENTION HIS INSANE REACH ADVANTAGE AND HIS UNIQUE STRIKING ABILITY BONNAR IS ON THE TAIL END OF HIS CARRER AND IF THIS GOES MORE THAN 2 I’LL BE SHOCKED, DONT GET ME WRONG BONNAR IS GOOD BUT MY BOY IS BETTER AND MORE HUNGRY!

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  • Bob says:

    ^^^
    Punctuation is your friend.

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  • Robert says:

    Turn off CAPS LOCK.

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  • CHRIS says:

    How’s this dickheads? Punctuation whats the matter you cant write anything more than four or five words? Let me guess as well you 2 idiots also beleive that Kimbo Slice is a legitimate fight as well, right? I could go in there and whip that no talent, back alley wanna be street fighter!

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  • Greg says:

    All you bonnar haters can kiss my region rat ass. Bonnar is coming into his prime. Where do you get this end of career stuff from? His last two fights have been total dominations finishing his opponents off easily. He is gonna smoke this punk ass bitch. Region rules over East Coast.

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  • CHRIS says:

    smoke him you say? do you know anything about him? have you seen his past 6 wins? I’ll give boonar his due but he is not goin to smoke this kid by any means! This kid has it all national champ wrestler at a div 1 school, amazing reach advantage great striking and now that he’s honing his muay thai he is goin to be a force to be reccond with for many yrs to come, this isnt goin to be any easy test for either fighter yes i am giving an edge to Jon because i know him and want him to win but i am not counting bonnar out either you dont make it to this level without some great skill and work ethic!

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  • Shatner says:

    Now you’re not using Caps at all even at the start of a sentence.Make up your mind CAPS lock ON or off.

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  • CHRIS says:

    Boy for a serious MMA fan you’re honestly more worried about punctuation that the actual topic at hand? Hmmm come to next strikforce event in Boxboro Mass on nov 15 and watch me fight i doubt you’ll be making wise cracks bout punctuation then!

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