UFC 135: Jon Jones Says He Will Fight 'Rampage' Jackson

Tony PrestonCorrespondent INovember 6, 2016

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 01:  Mixed martial artist Jon Jones arrives at the third annual Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2010 at the Palms Casino Resort December 1, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Following UFC 130, Dana White said Quinton "Rampage" Jackson would get the next shot at the UFC light-heavyweght title if he was healthy. According to a report by MMA Junkie, Jon Jones has said he will fight Rampage.

"I'll be fighting Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson next. I'm not allowed to discuss the date because I didn't sign a contract, but yeah, it will be very soon."

When asked when he'd like to return, Jones just had one thing to say, "September."

With two events currently on the UFC schedule for September, one of them a UFC Fight Night, it would appear Jones will put his title on the line against Rampage at UFC 135. The fight will probably headline the Denver, Colo., event.

Both fighters have been battling hand injuries. Jones has an issue with one of his hand ligaments and was expected to have surgery until a doctor decided surgery was not necessary. 

Jackson has an undisclosed hand injury that led to the Nevada State Athletic Commission suspending him until Nov. 25, but an orthopedic doctor can clear him early.

Jackson is 4-1 since losing the title to Forrest Griffin, and that loss was to Rashad Evans. The win gave Evans a shot at light-heavyweight title, but an injury forced him off the card, and Jones took his place and won. 

Evans will now face Phil Davis at UFC 133. Evans' original opponent was Jones, but his hand injury forced hm off the card.

Jackson has won two straight since the loss to Evans, defeating former light-heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida by split decision and Matt Hamill by unanimous decision.