It looks like either the Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard lightweight title fight or the Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort middleweight title fight will be getting a solid co-main event early next year. According to MMA Weekly, a fight between rising UFC light heavyweights Jon Jones and Ryan Bader is currently in the works to either go down at UFC 125 on Jan. 1 or UFC 127 on Feb. 5.
The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the match-up stating the fighters have been offered and the potential bout is in the works. The date of the fight has yet to be determined, but Jones’ agent Malki Kawa commented that for their side regardless of who the opponent is, the New York native is hopeful for a Jan 1 return to the Octagon.
The only caveat to the Jones vs. Bader fight currently is the timing of when the bout will take place. Bader stated when appearing on MMAWeekly Radio last week that he will be getting married at the end of October, and would likely prefer to take a fight Super Bowl weekend if possible.
The bout will take place either Jan 1 during the New Year’s Day card, likely in a co-main event, or during the Super Bowl weekend card in early February with the fight gaining much the same status for that card as well.
No word on where this fight will be the winner in terms of title contention. The Rampage-Machida winner will presumably be in the mix as well.
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Update: MMA Junkie is hearing UFC 127 on Super Bowl weekend is more likely.
A long-discussed contest between “The Ultimate Fighter 8” winner Ryan Bader (12-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) and the dynamic 23-year-old Jon Jones (11-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) appears likely for the as-yet-unannounced UFC 127 event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the planned date from sources close to the event.
Jones’ agent, Malki Kawa, recently told MMAWeekly.com he was hoping for a Jan. 1 booking for his client, but that now appears unlikely.