Jon Jones set to return at UFC 145 in Atlanta, GeorgiaPosted on January 22, 2012, 09:03 AM by Anton Gurevich
According to MMAFighting.com, reigning UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones will put his title on the line for the third time at UFC 145 in Atlanta, Georgia. The event is set for April 21st, with Brendan Schaub vs. Ben Rothwell and Rory MacDonald vs. Che Mills as the most intriguing match-ups currently confirmed for the card.
Jones revealed during UFC on FX 1 post-fight show that he's "hearing rumors" about a possible return at UFC 145, adding that Rashad Evans, Phil Davis and Dan Henderson are all in the mix for a shot at the title.
Apri 21st date works against Rashad Evans and Phil Davis, who will have to avoid serious injuries during their encounter at next weekend's fight card. UFC 145 gives three months of preparation for the UFC on FOX 2 winner, something that could work in Jon Jones' favor. Such situation raises Dan Henderson's cahnces to get a title shot to 50%, especially since the UFC President Dana White still refuses to give a clear statement about Phil Davis' place in the mix.
Jon Jones himself had one month to prepare for the fight with Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 128, after beating Ryan Bader at UFC 126. Jones went on to defeat Rua via TKO in Round 3, becoming the youngest ever champion in the UFC history.
Bones fought four times in 2011, more than any champion in the UFC.