Jon Jones defends the light-heavyweight title against Dan Henderson in September.
That’s the official word from UFC president Dana White, who told his Twitter followers that the bout will take place September 1st in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Henderson’s title shot comes off the back of his return to the UFC from Strikeforce, where he held the light-heavyweight belt, and subsequent win over Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua in a Fight of the Year contender.
Jones is coming off a win over Rashad Evans at UFC 145, a highly-anticipated fight against a former training partner which ultimately proved one-sided.
It was Jones’ third consecutive defence of the light-heavyweight title which he took from Rua last March. His other defences were Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Lyoto Machida.
Jones is now 16-1 in MMA and his only loss is by way of disqualification to Matt Hamill for use of an illegal elbow technique ,a DQ some feel was harsh given that Jones was in the process of putting Hamill away anyway and the elbow’s effect was thus negligible.
Henderson is a former PRIDE FC two-division champion as well as the former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion and while he won a UFC tournament early in his career he has never held a formal UFC title, which he badly wants to.
At 41 he is the oldest fighter currently competing for the UFC but is extraordinarily tough even at what for a fighter is such an advanced age. Henderson is known for his Greco-roman wrestling skills and his powerful right hand.