UFC 145 Fight Card Nearly Full; Is Jon Jones the Next Addition?

January 22, 2012
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UFC champion Jon Jones

UFC champion Jon Jones

The newly retooled UFC 145 fight card – the biggest change was a move from Montreal to Atlanta – is nearly complete with the UFC confirming nine bouts for the event.

The biggest question mark remaining is the main event. UFC officials recently said that a main event would be announced in the coming weeks.

If all the speculation is true, the main event could feature UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones defending his belt.

The champ himself recently confirmed on the UFC on FX 1 post-fight show on Fuel TV that he would be ready to go by the April 21 date. He even mentioned that he had heard “rumors” that UFC officials were considering his next defense for UFC 145 in Atlanta.

That’s a fairly healthy rumor, considering the source.

The likely scenario is that if Rashad Evans defeats Phil Davis at UFC on Fox 2 next week and comes out unscathed, he will face Jones in Atlanta. UFC president Dana White has already guaranteed that Evans gets the next shot as long as he wins and comes out healthy.

If Evans loses, or needs more time to heal up, don’t be surprised of Dan Henderson gets a shot at Jones when the UFC heads down south.

UFC 145 Bouts Announced for Atlanta:
-Miguel Torres (40-4) vs. Michael McDonald (14-1)
-Maximo Blanco (8-3-1) vs. Marcus Brimage (4-1)
-Brendan Schaub (8-2) vs. Ben Rothwell (31-8)
-Rory MacDonald (12-1) vs. Che Mills (14-4)
-Travis Browne (12-0-1) vs. Chad Griggs (11-1)
-Mark Hominick (20-10) vs. Eddie Yagin (15-5-1)
-Mac Danzig (20-9-1) vs. Efrain Escudero (18-4)
-Anthony Njokuani (14-6) vs. John Makdessi (9-1)
-Keith Wisniewski (28-13-1)  vs. Chris Clements (10-4)

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  • MikeMc1983

    That would be pretty funny. Move the event out of Canada due to the lack of a superstar champion main event, and then put jones on the card. Shows how strong they view jones, or Canada for that matter.

    • Its not just out of Canada, its a month later than originally planned. The Jones fight couldnt have happened then (well at least not if Evans/Davis is the opponent)

  • 808empire

    Escudero again?? That dude should should be fighting somewhere else… He is so over rated. Pro elite would be more his level.

  • Mario

    Miguel Torres vs Michael McDonald is a solid fight. Should be great!

    Then there’s Travis Browne vs Chad Griggs which is also a great fight between two great Heavyweight strikers. This bout has “KO of the night” written all over it 🙂

    Jones vs Henderson is the fight I smell. Even if Rashad Evans beats Phil Davis, I still see Hendo getting the next crack at the belt. That’s an interesting fight in my eyes, far more than the fight with Rashad.

  • Mma fanatic

    I just see Henderson posing any real threat to Jones! Sure we all know about that devastating overhand right ! Jones will come out circle to the left and start throwing vicious body blows and flying knees that will hit Hendo from angles he’s only seen from Anderson Silva! I give Rashad the best chance against Jon but still see him winning!

  • rsnowbass

    Is it just me, or does this card really look unworthy of a PPV buy?

    • rsnowbass

      This card NEEDS Jon Jones to come in and save the day IHMO for real.

    • Its not just you

    • bbtakayama

      The Japan card is the only one I see as PPV worthy so far this year.

      • bbtakayama

        Haha, oops there is only 2 others planned, my bad.

  • the event wasnt moved out of Canada for ‘lack of a main event” It was as a result of scheduling problems with another main event in Toronto. The UFC has had their biggest paydays (Rogers center 55000 and star GSP) from Canada need I say more…..NO other fighter has sold out as many PPVs as GSP. Henderson would have a better chance if he can use his wrestling against Jones which no one else has seemed to do, then use his right like he did on Fedor. Henderson is a smart fighter and I doubt he is going to simply keep circling to the left which he did nt do with SIlva. He won the first round against Silva. Silva submitted him with a rear naked choke in the second and I think Henderson had Ring rust at the time. I think Henderson may beat Silva right now after watching Sonnen which is why Silva wont fight him. Silva hs a voice like a mouse and talks like a girl .He looked like he had vertigo fighting his last fight which I think was fixed. No one goes down from girly little jabs like that. I know from inside info Sonnen has tried to get a fight with Silva four times and Silva has refused and was found crying after Sonnen called him out after beating Stann.

    • First of all numb nuts. Lets remember one thing. Silva still beat Sonnen. Correct? Yes Anderson had an off night. Sonnen made a costly mistake and the “champ” made him pay for it! Boo hoo Chael! You lost. Quit calling yourself the real champion. You are a loud mouth and a jerk. A very talented jerk. Silva is definately not afraid of you. He is the best ever and I feel he will be extra motivated to shut you up for good!