The 24-year-old Jones is making his third title defense since beating Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and taking the title at UFC 128 last year. Jones defeated Quinton "Rampage" Jackson at UFC 135 and Lyoto Machida at UFC 140.
Jones' former teammate Rashad Evans has been a thorn in his side since Jones accepted the title shot against Rua. Evans had been scheduled to fight Rua for the title at UFC 128, in fact he'd been waiting for Rua to recover from ACL surgery since UFC 114 but then Evans himself fell injured shortly before the fight.
Jones was notified of the opportunity to fight for the title in the Octagon at UFC 126 after he beat Ryan Bader. Shortly thereafter he expressed some willingness to face Rashad Evans should the UFC demand it and the feud was on.