Jon Jones A Heavy Favorite Over Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson

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The first betting line has been released for a future UFC light heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, and it seems that the current champion is a heavy favorite out of the gate. Obviously the fight hasn't been booked yet, but bookies always jump on lines quickly if a bout is likely to happen. Bookmaker has is the one offering the line (info via BestFightOdds):

Jon Jones -315

Quinton Jackson +255

Jones, who is currently rehabbing an injured thumb, is expected back in the last quarter of the year. Jackson entered his UFC 130 fight with a fractured hand that would have to be cleared before the fight could go forward, but with at least four months before a possible matchup, there's a good chance that this will be the night title fight at 205. If Rampage can't go for some reason, Lyoto Machida or even possibly Rashad Evans would be the next challenger for Jones.

Jackson had this to say at the UFC 130 post-fight press conference in reference to the current champ:

"I don’t really know Jones, I don’t got nothing against him. He has my belt. I still feel like I didn’t lose that belt. It’s not his fault that he got my belt, it’s my fault."

Jackson, of course, is a former UFC light heavyweight champion who dropped his belt via controversial decision at UFC 86 to Forrest Griffin. He is 4-1 since he dropped the belt, with his only loss coming to Rashad Evans.

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