Jon Jones vs. Anthony Johnson
While a certain former middleweight champion will undoubtedly compete on this card, I have a feeling that the UFC will be looking to book Jon Jones as the event’s headliner.
Jones, the former UFC light heavyweight champion and reigning pound-for-pound king, has strong ties to the state of New York.
Despite currently living and training full time in New Mexico, “Bones” was born and raised in Ithaca, New York, where he would go on to become a high school state wrestling champion.
Jones ran into legal trouble last April, forcing the UFC to strip him of his long-held title, but he’s set to return against current champion Daniel Cormier, whom he beat in his latest bout in January 2015, at April 23’s UFC 197.
If “Bones” reclaims his title as many are expecting him to do, it’s very possible that he performs in front of his legion of New York fans this fall at MSG.
With his 205-pound strap likely to be on the line, a bout with top contender Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, whom he was scheduled to meet at last year’s UFC 187 prior to his legal issues, could be chosen as a main event.