The 24-year-old dynamo just defeated Rashad Evans by unanimous decision in the main event of UFC 145 and has already been matched up with Dan Henderson for his next title defense. The linemakers over at MMA Oddsbreakers have released early odds for the bout, with Jones sitting as the -565 favorite and Henderson the +385 underdog.
After stringing together a four-fight run in 2011 that many have called the most impressive single year in any athlete’s MMA career, Jones is poised to lord over the 205lbs division for many years to come. The prodigious young fighter has already knocked off veterans and former champions (and a couple of Hendo’s former Pride FC peers) Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans during his title run and will be looking to add Henderson’s name to that list.
At 41-years-old, Henderson is one of MMA’s few remaining elder statesmen who belongs fighting for a UFC title. A four-fight run in Strikeforce saw the Team Quest co-founder drop a decision to Jake Shields before knocking out Renato “Babalu” Sobral, Rafael Cavalcante (to capture the promotion’s light heavyweight title) and Fedor Emelianenko in succession. After returning to the UFC, Hendo waged a five round war with Shogun at UFC 139 that has been described as one of the best fights in MMA history.
The two are rumored to be facing off at UFC 149 on July 21 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.