The UFC is hoping to put together possibly the biggest grudge match since Chuck Liddell faced Tito Ortiz this December, but it’s not a done deal just yet.
Sources have indicated that the UFC is working on putting light heavyweight champion Jon Jones against heated rival and former teammate Rashad Evans with the title fight leading the UFC 140 card in Toronto. MMAFighting.com initially reported the possible timing for the bout.
Speaking to MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday, sources indicated that the UFC was hoping for the match-up and negotiations are underway for the winter fight, but nothing is 100-percent assured right now.
Evans is still recovering from a hand injury suffered in his last bout against Tito Ortiz in August.
Evans was wearing a full cast when he appeared for a UFC Fight Club Q&A during the UFC 135 weekend in September, but he mentioned that the injury was not serious and he should have the cast off shortly.
Unfortunately, the hand is still awaiting final clearance and both fighters need to give the green light for the fight to actually happen in December.
Those details are still being worked on at this time, so while the fight is definitely the desired main event by the UFC, several moving parts still have to come together before it’s set in stone.
MMAWeekly.com will continue to follow this story as it develops.
UPDATED: UFC President Dana White has now confirmed that the fight between Jones and Evans will not happen at UFC 140 due to the injury Evans is currently dealing with in his hand. MMAWeekly.com first reported that the fight was targeted for the date of UFC 140, but there were still complications for the fight to actually take place that soon. It appears for now, Evans will have to wait until the New Year to get a shot at Jon Jones.