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Jon Jones vs Rashad Evans to headline UFC 140 in Toronto

Best80smovieRAD2011-10-09 16:19:04 +0000 #1

HOUSTON -- Get ready for the grudge match.

The UFC is targeting December's UFC 140 for the long-awaited Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans light-heavyweight title bout, MMA Fighting has learned from sources with knowledge of the situation.

The fight is not yet official, but appears likely to be announced within the next 24-48 hours. UFC president Dana White told MMA Fighting that he could not yet announce a UFC 140 main event, but might possibly be able to do so by the end of the day.

Before that can happen, at least one hurdle must be overcome. Evans has to be cleared from a hand injury suffered in his recent UFC 133 win over Tito Ortiz. That injury required pins to be inserted into his right hand, but Evans' coach Mike Van Arsdale told MMA Fighting that he was scheduled to visit the doctor on Wednesday and expected Evans to be cleared.

Van Arsdale told MMA Fighting he had no knowledge of the rumored December date, but said a clean bill of health would make Evans' participation in a Dec. 10 fight feasible.

"I think if they give us any date, I can get him ready to beat Jon," he said. "I'm not overly concerned about Jon like everyone else is. My fighter has the ability, tools and the determination to beat him. As long as he's healthy, and I have eight or nine weeks with him -- and it's right around that right now, that's all I need."

Jones, meanwhile, is coming off his fourth-round submission win over Quinton "Rampage" Jackson at UFC 135 just two weeks ago. A bout at UFC 140 would mark a quick turnaround for the 24-year-old.

If UFC officials could navigate these issues, Jones and Evans will finally bring their long-held grudge to the octagon. The two were infamously once teammates at the Greg Jackson camp in New Mexico before parting ways earlier in 2011.

UFC 140 will take place in Toronto's Air Canada Centre. It will be the promotion's first time back since its massive Rogers Centre spectacle set records by drawing over 55,000 fans and an $11 million gate.

Roundhouse2011-10-09 16:22:51 +0000 #2
Nice! Glad to see the TO card getting a real main event. Now hopefully my tickets come though.
thelegend2011-10-09 16:27:19 +0000 #3
I thought Jones was injured too....hands and feet damaged?
Loot2011-10-09 16:50:39 +0000 #4
I was already thinking of making the drive for a quick weekend trip....This makes it a lot more tempting.
Greezy2011-10-09 17:47:30 +0000 #5
i wonder if rashad plays the same game rampage did with the shiit talk.
Best80smovieRAD2011-10-09 17:21:01 +0000 #6

Originally Posted by thelegend

I thought Jones was injured too....hands and feet damaged?

he was just real sore and bruised up. Pretty sure he's been cleared to go.

This must of just came together recently though because Dana said like last week even that he was going to give Jones some time off and to expect him back in early 2012.

I think with the recent talk from Machida saying he is out until 2012 that they had no one to main event and decided to throw some cash at Jones-Rashad to get it done faster. Dana knew 140 had no main event and he had to back up his talk of saying he always delivers



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