UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones expects to face former title-holder Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in his first title defense this fall, likely at UFC 135 in September, Jones told MMAjunkie.
UFC 135, slated for Sept. 24 in Denver with Matt Hughes vs. Diego Sanchez, is the only PPV scheduled for September but has also been rumored to host the third meeting UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard.
Jackson is coming off last weekend’s victory over Matt Hamill at UFC 130, where he also revealed a broken hand, but UFC President Dana White said if Jackson was healthy he was still next in line for a title shot.
While Jackson was suspended up to six months for the injury by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, he can still be cleared by a doctor to return earlier and recently tweeted that he did not do any additional damage to his hand.
Jones has been dealing with his own hand issues as well, as he recently decided to forgo surgery for a lingering injury. Jones has expected to face Rampage or Lyoto Machida for awhile now with his friend-turned-nemesis Rashad Evans fighting Phil Davis at UFC 133. Jones would be making his first title defense since dominating former champion Marucio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128 to claim the belt.
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