When Jose Aldo was removed from the UFC‘s July card in Canada, UFC President Dana White mentioned the possibility of Jon Jones defending his light heavyweight title against Dan Henderson as a replacement. While Jones is recently-removed from a five-round fight with Rashad Evans, he has mentioned wanting to fight four times this year and certainly didn’t absorb a ton of damage against Evans.
While nothing is official, UFC Director of Operations in Canada Tom Wright would be more than happy to have his country host Jones-Henderson.
“I would love to see that fight happen,” said Wright in a recent interview with the Toronto Sun. “Having Jon Jones defend his championship in Calgary against Dan Henderson – that would be a monster fight. It demonstrates we have an understanding and a respect for how knowledgeable the fight fans are in Alberta, and how important this market is for our business.”
Henderson earned his shot at the belt by defeating Mauricio “Shogun” Rua last year in addition to being the Strikeforce 205-pound champ prior to re-joining the UFC. “Hendo” has been out of action since his November meeting with Rua, patiently waiting for his championship opportunity.
If the bout materializes it will mark Jones’ second visit to Canada as champ since winning the belt. “Bones” defended the title last year in Toronto, choking out Lyoto Machida with a memorable Standing Guillotine Choke at UFC 140.
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