Maybe a light heavyweight title fight is in the works for the inaugural UFC on FOX Sports 1 card slated for August 17.
Jon Jones is featured in the latest promotional video for the soon-to-debut channel. Does that mean there is a possibility of it happening?
Jones is still rehabbing his injured toe. The only injury suffered during his TKO victory and record-tying fifth-straight title defense over Chael Sonnen on April 27. According to orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Klapper, the recovery time is approximately six to eight weeks.
That would put Jones at around mid to late June, about two months out from August 17. Obviously a shorter fight camp than normal, but the chance to be on national or cable TV may be alluring enough to the current light heavyweight king to consider it.
“I would love to be on a FOX card, I would absolutely love to be on a FOX card,” Jones said recently, during the UFC 159 pre-fight media day. “I would have to figure out how to work that out with Dana not getting any pay-per-view’s and stuff like that.”
Maybe that is an idea White would warm up to. Yes, Jones is one of the top pay-per-view draws for UFC, so you could understand any hesitation to put him on free TV. However, he is becoming a huge national star with his Nike sponsorship and other major-brand interest on the horizon. Having him on a FOX Sports 1 or FOX card would be a great opportunity to draw even more interest from the casual fan.
White said recently that the FOX Sports 1 card would be the “best television card we’ve ever done.” The UFC president also hinted at a big main event for UFC’s return to Boston.
“We’re going to take a big hit on the chin on the pay-per-view because we’re going to put a pay-per-view fight on Fox Sports 1. It will be a big fight,” he said.
If an announcement is made of a light heavyweight title fight, it would be music to the ears of Jones' fans—especially those who have only paid to see him fight on pay-per-view. Jones said he’d jump at the chance to fight for them.
“A lot of people can’t afford to be spending $60 for entertainment like that. I’m aware of that. I’d love to fight for those people. I’d be honored to,” he said.
No announcements have been made on any of the fights for the UFC on FOX Sports 1 card. The brand new FOX Sports 1 channel will kick off its UFC programming at 3:30 p.m. on August 17 and lead into the preliminary card, culminating with the main card right after.
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Michael Stets is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report.