Jon Jones is likely to return at UFC 135. | Photo: Sherdog.com


Jon Jones will likely put his light heavyweight title on the line against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson on Sept. 24 at UFC 135 in Denver.

UFC President Dana White announced the news on Thursday, confirming the event's date and location as well as the potential headliner. However, White also noted that the probable main event is not quite yet a done deal, as Jones will need to receive an OK from his doctor before he can be cleared to fight.

Forced to withdraw from a planned UFC 133 clash with Rashad Evans, Jones elected to rehab a damaged ligament in his thumb rather than undergo surgery. Pending medical clearance from his physician, “Bones” should defend his title against Jackson on Sept. 24 at the Pepsi Center.

Though in recent years the UFC has twice visited nearby Broomfield, Colo., the promotion has not held an event in the city of Denver since 1995. Also expected to materialize on the card is a welterweight scrap between “The Ultimate Fighter 1” winner Diego Sanchez and UFC hall of famer Matt Hughes.

Jones has yet to be tested in his UFC career, with the lone blemish on his record coming as a result of an inadvertent disqualification in a fight he was dominating against Matt Hamill in 2009. Recently, the 23-year-old captured the promotion's light heavyweight title by running through former Pride Fighting Championships star Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128.

Jackson, 32, has won four of his last five. After knocking out Wanderlei Silva and outpointing Keith Jardine, “Rampage” took nearly a year away from the cage to star in a film adaptation of “The A-Team.” When he returned to action, he was bested by “Ultimate Fighter” nemesis Evans, but rebounded by posting back-to-back wins over Lyoto Machida and Hamill at UFC 123 and 130, respectively.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Eric Kelly vs. Ev Ting headlines ONE Championship 37 on Jan. 29

  • 25 days ago
  • 3 views

ONE Championship has announced the lineup for its second event of the new year.Filed under: News read news >>

Bojan Velickovic Enters RFA Title Fight Coming Off of a Red Hot 2015

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 views

Following a red hot year in 2015, Bojan Velickovic enters Friday night's RFA title tilt riding a wave of momentum. read news >>

Jon Anik picking Cruz over champ Dillashaw due to McGregor-like confidence

  • 23 days ago
  • 41 views

Jon Anik remembers the time he sat between Jon Jones and Rashad Evans prior to their fight at UFC 145. “They went 90 minutes straight, and after one minute (and 15 seconds), I didn’t say a word,” he read news >>

Vitor Belfort vs. Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza headlines UFC Fight Night 87 in Brazil

  • 19 days ago
  • 28 views

UFC Fight Night 87 takes place in Brazil on May 14 and two of the biggest superstars in the country will headline the event when Vitor Belfort faces Ronaldo Souza in a middleweight showdown.Filed und read news >>

The New Kaiju King: Jon Jones Would Destroy Godzilla Inside of 2 Rounds

  • 16 days ago
  • 37 views

Jon Jones' latest Instagram posts are the equivalent of sirens blaring to warn of Godzilla coming ashore. They are an omen of impending destruction. And absolutely no one is safe. He is coming back t read news >>

Ex-champ Jon Jones would fight Stipe Miocic at UFC 196 – if heavyweight belt is on line

  • 12 days ago
  • 894 views

Here’s an intriguing – though likely farfetched – possibility for next week’s UFC 196 headliner.Filed under: Featured, Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Jon Jones Willing to Fight Stipe Miocic at UFC 196, Wants Heavyweight Title

  • 12 days ago
  • 82 views

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones has revealed he would be willing to fight heavyweight contender Stipe Miocic at UFC 196?but only if the heavyweight title is on the line. The u read news >>

Hot Tweet: Jon Jones Willing to Fight Stipe Miocic at UFC 196

  • 12 days ago
  • 47 views

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones on Monday said that he would fight Stipe Miocic in the UFC 196 main event on Feb. 6... with one condition. read news >>

UFC 196: Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic at HWT Is Too Big, Too Crazy to Pass Up

  • 12 days ago
  • 33 views

If the old cliche is true and “luck” is what happens when preparation meets opportunity—well, the UFC, Jon Jones and Stipe Miocic all have a chance to get really lucky right now. But the window is fl read news >>

Stipe Miocic: I didn't turn down UFC 196 headliner with Jon Jones

  • 11 days ago
  • 336 views

Stipe Miocic went from a contender on the sidelines, to a potential UFC 196 headliner and title challenger, back to the sidelines in a matter of a few days. But one thing he’s not? A fight-ducker.Fil read news >>