On Wednesday evening, UFC president Dana White announced light heavyweight king Jon Jones (Pictured) will defend his crown against Dan Henderson on September 1st in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Jones is perfect through his past seven fights. Last month’s lopsided unanimous decision win over bitter rival Rashad Evans marked his fourth straight over a prior UFC title holder.
Henderson earned his shot at the throne after his instant classic victory over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 139. The November contest marked the 41-year-old’s fourth consecutive W.
There was some early chatter that Henderson might drop to middleweight and challenge Anderson Silva for his hardware, but Henderson made it clear that shedding 20 pounds at this stage in his illustrious career was not at the top of his to do list.
Although White officially announced the matchup today, the Gambling Gods dropped their two cents on the scrap earlier this month. “Bones” has been pegged as a whopping 9-to-1 odds-on favorite to retain his title against Hendo.
White did not confirm whether the Mandalay Bay Events Center or the larger MGM Grand Garden Arena would host the shootout. Furthermore, MMA’s head honcho didn’t report any other fighters that would be required to work on Labor Day weekend.