Since Jon Jones latest victory over Rashad Evans last weekend there’s been talk of the dominant light-heavyweight champion taking on his next challenger, Dan Henderson, sooner than later, with UFC 149 in Calgary on July 21st suggested as a potential landing spot for the fight.
So far it’s just speculation, but UFC’s Canadian Head Of Operations Tom Wright isn’t looking to pour cold water on the idea, and instead has talked up the possibility of the event hosting this major title fight.
“I would love to see that fight happen,” Wright Tells the Toronto Sun. “Having Jon Jones defend his championship in Calgary against Dan Henderson – that would be a monster fight. It demonstrates we have an understanding and a respect for how knowledgeable the fight fans are in Alberta, and how important this market is for our business.”
The UFC needs to pull out something big for the Calgary card as they’ve already admitted that they are currently looking to move featherweight champion Jose Aldo’s latest title fight from the line-up in order to bolster the UFC 147 event in Brazil a month earlier.
Jones Vs Henderson would more than fit the bill and with Canada being such a big market for the promotion it makes a lot of sense to take a fight of this magnitude there.
The only question is whether Jones will want to fight again so quickly. There’s a high probability that he will given that he talked about taking an extended break after his fight with Lyoto Machida at the tail end of last year only to cancel that plan after just a few weeks, admitting that he was eager to get back into the Octagon and continue to ride the remarkable wave of momentum he’s on at this stage in his career.