With all the fluctuation between main events for UFC 147 and UFC 148, with Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen being moved to UFC 148, and Jose Aldo likely now headlining UFC 147, UFC President Dana White mentioned the possibility that Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson could be taking place at UFC 149 in July. UFC 149 takes place on July 21st from the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary.
At today’s press conference for Silva vs. Sonnen, White discussed multiple events, including UFC 149, which was expected to be headlined by Jose Aldo and a soon-to-be announced opponent. However, Aldo is likely going to be fighting at UFC 147, instead. With that, UFC 149 would be lacking of a main event. White mentioned that the recently announced matchup between Jones and Henderson is a possibility.
“Dan Henderson and Jon Jones could be a possibility,” said White. “Jones just fought his first five round fight, his hands are sore, all the things that go along with coming out of a fight like that. We’ve got to give him a few weeks to see how he feels, then we’ll figure out what the main event is going to be in Calgary. But that would be awesome. If we could make that fight, that would be great.”
Jones (16-1) defeated Rashad Evans this past weekend at UFC 145 in Atlanta. Following the event, Henderson was announced as his next opponent. This will be Jones’ fourth title defense since earning the title at UFC 128 in March 2011, where Jones defeated “Shogun” Rua. He has since defeated “Rampage” Jackson, Lyoto Machida, and Evans in the past year. This unprecedented string of title defenses, with all being former champions, has had Jones quickly rise up to the top of the pound-for-pound rankings.
He will take on Henderson (29-8), who returned to the UFC in November at UFC 139. He defeated “Shogun” Rua in a bout that has since been touted as one of the greatest fights of all-time. Henderson enjoyed an immensely successful 2011, earning the Strikeforce light heavyweight title, along with defeating legendary heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko in July. Now he will take on Jones, who at 24 years old, is nearly half his age.
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