It is being reported that former “The Ultimate Fighter Season 1” finalist Stephan Bonnar has fully healed from the knee injury that has sidelined him for the past year, and he will be taking on MMA newcomer Jon Jones at UFC 94. The event will take place on January 31st, which is Super Bowl weekend, and will most likely be held in Las Vegas, Nevada.
FiveOuncesOfPain was the first to break the news regarding Bonnar’s next bout, and confirmed it with sources close to Jones’ Team Bomb Squad.
Bonnar has had quite the roller coaster UFC career since he lost that monumental decision against Forrest Griffin in TUF Finale. Griffin has gone on to become the UFC light heavyweight champion, while Bonnar has posted a 5-2 record since the loss, and has been sidelined for one year on two separate occasions.
His first hiatus came in 2006 when he tested positive for a banned substance after his rematch loss to Griffin at UFC 62. Now, he has been on the sidelines since October of last year rehabbing his knee, which he injured while defeating Eric Shcaffer at UFC 77.
Jones started his professional MMA career earlier this year, and has posted a perfect 6-0 record thus far. He is 1-0 in the UFC, defeating Andre Gusmao at UFC 87.
UFC 94 will be headlined by a welterweight showdown for the ages, as 170-pound champion Georges St-Pierre will be defending his title against lightweight champion BJ Penn. GSP won a close split decision in their initial match-up nearly three years ago.