Light heavyweight champ Jon Jones looking towards April defense in Atlanta

The pieces of the puzzle seem to be coming together in terms of what 2012 will look like for UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones. The 24-year old title-holder addressed speculation on his future last night when appearing as a guest on the post-event wrap up show for UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller.

According to Jones it’s looking like his next action will come in Atlanta, a city attached to April 21 and the still-developing lineup for UFC 145. The event was originally scheduled for Montreal in March but ultimately postponed with UFC officials saying they’d encountered a scheduling issue and wanted to deliver a championship caliber card.

The later date now allows for Jones’ chief rival, Rashad Evans, to potentially have three months to prepare for a title-fight if he indeed gets by Phil Davis next weekend at UFC on FOX 2 (much easier said than done). The same would of course be true if unbeaten Davis maintains his perfect record against an opponent with Evans’ credentials.

It also appears the third name in the mix, Dan Henderson, would also be completely healed from his classic clash with Mauricio Rua this past November as the former PRIDE/Strikeforce champion was already linked to a fight against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in mid-April.

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