Apr 21, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Jon Jones reacts to beating Rashad Evans in the main event and light heavyweight title bout during UFC 145 at Philips Arena. Jon Jones won the bout by unanimous decision. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE
For all those in Alberta that were still clinging to the hope that they'd get to see a UFC light heavyweight title fight at UFC 149 on July 21st in Calgary, you can officially kill any thought of that. Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson won't be taking place until later in the summer. Why? The champ won't be ready by July, according to his manager (via MMA Fighting):
Jones' manager Malki Kawa told MMA Fighting on Monday that the UFC light-heavyweight champion would not be available for the show, which is scheduled exactly three months to the day after Jones' five-round unanimous decision win over Rashad Evans at UFC 145.
"He will not be fighting in July," Kawa said. "It's just probably a little too soon. There's been no timetable yet but July probably isn't going to happen."
If that is indeed true, there are currently two candidates to host the fight - UFC 150 on August 11th, and the Toronto event on September 22nd. That event is presently labeled at UFC 152, but that could change (or the UFC is going to make UFC 151 a UK show). The UFC lightweight title bout between Ben Henderson and Frankie Edgar is penciled in for UFC 150 though, so at this point in time, September is looking like a more likely option.
Henderson turns 42 on August 24th.