Ryan Bader file photo: Sherdog.com
A reported light heavyweight clash between two of the division's
most promising prospects is still set to go down at UFC 126 on Feb.
5, this in spite of UFC President Dana White's comments at the
120 Fan Expo on Friday.
Said White: “I don't know if [Jon] Jones is going to fight [Ryan]
Bader. We tried to put that fight together, but Bader has some
stuff going on. Jon Jones
might be fighting somebody else. I don't know how that's going to
A report filed by MMAfighting.com from London, however, has
contradicted those statements. Reporter Ariel Helwani spoke with
both Jones' agent Malki Kawa and UFC officials, and both sources
have confirmed that the bout is still on for Superbowl weekend.
The bout was originally intended for UFC 125 on Jan.1, but Bader
requested that the bout be pushed back to UFC 126, as the first
date was too close to his upcoming wedding. This may be what White
was referring to when he asserted that Bader “has some stuff going
Bader is a former All-American wrestler at Arizona State University
and is undefeated in his MMA career. In his last appearance in the
Octagon, “Darth” earned a unanimous decision over Pride Fighting
Championships veteran Antonio
Rogerio Nogueira. The winner of “The Ultimate Fighter 8,” Bader
is 5-0 since coming to the UFC.
Like Bader, Jones was also a collegiate wrestler, winning a junior
college national title. The Jackson's Submission Fighting product
has only lost once as a professional, and that singular defeat was
a controversial one. “Bones” was disqualified in his 2009 matchup
against Matt Hammill for throwing multiple downward elbows that
were deemed illegal. Since that loss, Jones has won back-to-back
fights, dominating Brandon Vera