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Georges St. Pierre is out due to injury, Brock Lesnar has retired and even Anderson Silva is rehabbing a shoulder issue. With those big stars out of action, the UFC desperately needs some big fights and, according to Dana White on ESPN Radio in Vegas, Jon Jones is ready to step up and do his part.
"[Jones] called about four days ago and said 'okay let's go, I'm done with vacation.'" UFC president Dana White said on "The MMA Insiders" on ESPN1100/98.9 FM in Las Vegas (12:37 mark). "He said he wanted to take all this time off and then they were calling me four days ago saying he wants to fight as soon as possible. He's ready to go."
"What could end up happening is Dan Henderson fights Jon Jones first, and then [Jones' subsequent fight] would be close to the time that Rashad fights. Or we see how things go with Rashad [versus Phil Davis] and Rashad fights him first," said White.
While I've been pushing for Jones vs. Evans to finally happen for some time, with the way the UFC needs big main events and the way Rashad is already booked for the UFC on Fox 2 card, Jones vs. Henderson is probably the right direction to go.
If Jones actually does fight four times in 2012 he'll have plenty of time to clear out the division and maybe focus in on a superfight against Anderson Silva or move to heavyweight.
Of course, by then we'll probably have a new list of challengers we want to see Jones against (King Mo, Gustaffson and others).