Jon "Bones" Jones vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson possible for UFC 135 in SeptemberPosted on June 3, 2011, 01:35 PM by Joey Santosus
It appears the Light Heavyweight title picture is not as unclear as it would seem. Since his destruction of Mauricio "Shogun" Rua to capture the belt in March, Jon Jones has seen his first challenger go from former teammate Rashad Evans, to Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, to possibly Lyoto Machida, and now back to Jackson.
That is according to Jones himself, who tells MMAJunkie.com that the bout is all but official at this point. "I'll be fighting Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson next," Jones revealed on Thursday. "I'm not allowed to discuss the date because I didn't sign a contract, but yeah, it will be very soon."
Jackson's participation in the match-up was in question following his lopsided unanimous decision victory over Matt Hamill at last weekend's UFC 130. During the event's post-fight press conference "Rampage" disclosed that a hand-injury, originally suffered back in December, had become problematic during his most recent training camp. Though it appeared to do little to hinder his performance against Hamill, The Nevada State Athletic commission issued the former champ a medical suspension earlier this week pending clearance from an orthopedic doctor.
Sources close to the situation have told MMAMania.com that the title match has been unofficially scheduled for UFC 135 in September, but stated that "obstacles exist" in the way of it coming together. No specific details on the barriers were offered, however Jones was forced to pull out of his planned bout with Evans several weeks prior due to a hand-injury of his own and Jackson's suspension allows him to return as early as June 28th, but could keep him sidelined as long as November 25th.
UFC 135 is expected to take place September 24th from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. In addition to the Light Heavyweight title clash, a Welterweight showdown between veteran Matt Hughes and Diego Sanchez is also scheduled for the card.
Stay tuned to LowKick.com for more information as it becomes available.
Photo: UFC fighter Jon Jones celebrates his victory over Vladimir Matyushenko at UFC-Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko at the San Diego Sports Arena on August 1, 2010, in San Diego, California. Francis Specker