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Jones will likely put his light heavyweight title on the line
“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
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
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
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
Machida and Hamill at UFC 123 and 130, respectively.