After racking up four wins in 2011, including three in title-fights against former champions, it looked like UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones was in store for a nice, long vacation from the Octagon in 2012 while Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson sorted out the contendership picture. While the proposal may have initially sounded nice to “Bones”, now that he’s had a month off it appears the dynamic 24-year old is itching to get back in the cage again as soon as possible.
Jones’ interest in defending his belt before mid-year came to light courtesy of Dana White on ESPN Radio where the UFC President referred to a recent conversation he’d had with 15-1 fighter.
“He called about four days ago and said ‘Okay let’s go, I’m done with vacation.’ 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.”
As far as how the company will handle his request, White explained Dan Henderson was a likely option with Evans being in line to face the winner assuming he gets by Phil Davis on FOX later this month. That means Jones-Henderson would need to take place in March to avoid creating too large a gap between title-defenses.
Currently UFC 145 is scheduled for March 24 in Montreal, traditionally a MMA-friendly city, and lacks a main event. All other PPVs/major shows prior to then have headliners in place.
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