"Jon Jones called about four days ago and said 'okay let's go, I'm done with vacation. He said he wanted to take all this time off and then they were calling me four days ago saying he wants to fight as soon as possible. He's ready to go. What could end up happening is Dan Henderson fights Jon Jones first, and then that would be close to the time that Rashad fights. Or we see how things go with Rashad versus Phil Davis and Rashad fights him first."
UFC President Dana White tells ESPN Radio in Las Vegas via Yahoo! Sports that light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has just ended a brief respite following his recent title defense against Lyoto Machida and is looking to fight as soon as possible, leading the UFC to potentially skip over Rashad Evans once again and hand a title shot to former Strikeforce title holder Dan Henderson.
There's no doubt about it. Jon Jones' year-long quest for the UFC light heavyweight title and subsequent title defenses may very well be the most dominant year that MMA has ever seen.
Mauricio "Shogun" Rua once captivated hardcore fans with a run through the top 205 lb fighters that PRIDE had to offer back in 2005, but "Bones" list of victims rivals Rua's to say the least, and includes the Brazilian as well.
Here's a look back at 2011 for Jones, a year the 24-year-old will never forget.
Former longtime UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz has accomplished almost everything in mixed martial arts, including recently saving his career with the organization.
However, at 36 years-of-age and a nearly 14-year career plagued with ups and downs and in recent years, an array of injuries, "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" says that he has almost had enough.
Watch and listen to Ortiz discuss his potential retirement next year as well as comments from UFC 140 main card fighters Jon Jones, Lyoto Machida, Frank Mir, the Nogueira brothers and others after the jump.
It's hard to believe that another major UFC event is upon us, but UFC 140 is just days away. Emanating from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the UFC's second visit to what could be MMA's biggest fan base features Jon Jones making the second defense of the UFC light heavyweight title against the ever-elusive Lyoto Machida.
Other high-profile main card bouts include a pivotal rematch between former heavyweight champions and opposing "TUF" coaches Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira as well as Tito Ortiz attempting to stave off retirement once more against the younger Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
After the jump is a preview of the main card, including a breakdown of the storylines leading into each fight as well as what to look for during the bouts.
It's hard to believe, but UFC 140 is already upon us. The event, which is headlined by Jon Jones making his second defense of the UFC light heavyweight title, emanates from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada this Saturday night.
Jones will put his belt on the line against former champion Lyoto Machida, who secured another crack at the title courtesy of a highlight-reel KO of UFC hall-of-famer Randy Couture back in April. UFC 140 will also feature an important rematch between former champions Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira as well as a battle between younger brother Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and UFC icon Tito Ortiz.
An embedded video after the jump features "Countdown to UFC 140" which previews the three high-profile contests that will take place this weekend.
Be sure to checkout the premiere of "Countdown to UFC 135" which debuts tonight at 11 PM ET on Spike and profiles this weekend's UFC light heavyweight title bout between current champion Jon "Bones" Jones and former title holder Quinton "Rampage" Jackson as well as a pivotal welterweight bout between Matt Hughes and Josh Koscheck.
Dana White. Photo courtesy of Playboy Magazine.
The UFC will hold a press conference today at 12:00 PM ET promoting UFC 135, which features a light heavyweight title bout between champion Jon Jones and former champion and challenger Quinton "Rampage" Jackson on September 24 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.
Both Jones and Jackson will be in attendance as well as UFC President Dana White and other fighters slated to compete on the card.
Video of the press conference can be seen after the jump.
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.
— After Rashad Evans went down with injury, it was Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, not Jon Jones, who was first approached about facing Mauricio "Shogun" Rua on March 19. However, Jackson declined, stating that it would not be enough time for him to prepare for Rua nor get into proper fight shape. [MMAJunkie.com]
— The Nevada State Athletic Commission today released the list of medical suspensions stemming from UFC 126 this past weekend. The most notable suspensions were handed out to Forrest Griffin and Jake Ellenberger, who could be sidelined until August with a broken foot and a pair of broken hands respectively. [MMA Weekly]
Rashad Evans. Photo by Tracy Lee/CombatLifestyle.com.
The allure of regaining championship gold isn't enough for Rashad Evans to potentially fight his teammate in Jon Jones.
Jones agreed to replace Evans, who suffered a sprained MCL ligament in training, in a light heavyweight title fight against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua on March 19 following his win over Ryan Bader at UFC 126 on Saturday.
Both Jones and Evans have publicly stated that they would refrain from fighting each other. However, if Jones were to defeat Rua next month, Evans may even go as far as changing weight classes.
Jon Jones. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.
Following his submission victory over Ryan Bader at UFC 126 on Saturday night, rising UFC light heavyweight star Jon Jones was handed one of the biggest surprises of his life - a shot at champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.
Jones has accepted a short-notice fight against Rua at UFC 128 on March 19, which will take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
His training partner, Rashad Evans, who stayed on the sidelines since last May for a chance at regaining his title against Rua, will now be unable to train for 4-6 weeks due to a sprained MCL ligament and may require surgery at a later date.