Jon Jones Willing To Fight Heavyweight or Light Heavyweight on Short Notice

Published on April 2nd, 2016 3:09 pm EST

UFC 197, which is set to take place later this month, was thrown into turmoil yesterday after Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier announced that he was being forced to pull out of the event due to an injury. Cormier was set to put his title on the line against a returning Jon "Bones" Jones in the main event.

Jones, who has been dealing with some legal issues as of late, has not been a fan of taking short notice fights in the past, so many figured that Jon Jones would simply be removed from the card. Jones, however, put out a public statement in which he claimed that he would fight a Heavyweight or Light Heavyweight on short notice in order to save the card.


According to several unconfirmed reports, Jon Jones will now be fighting Anthony "Rumble" Johnson. This fight makes a great deal of sense, as Jones and Johnson were originally slated to fight last year before Jones' legal troubles resulted in the UFC stripping him of his title and temporarily banning him from the sport.

In addition, Anthony Johnson is the #2 fighter in the Light Heavyweight division and deserves a shot at Jones more than anybody else. Johnson has won his last two fights in a row, notching knockout wins over Ryan Bader and Jimi Manuwa. Johnson possesses tremendous knockout power and poses a number of interesting threats for Jon Jones. In addition, the Johnson/Jones fight never happened and it feels as though there is some unfinished business between the two.

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In many ways, a Jones/Johnson fight would be significantly more compelling than a Jones/Cormier rematch, though the Jones/Cormier fight had the benefit of the true animosity between the two combatants.


Accepting a fight against Anthony Johnson on short notice would be a shrewd business move for Jones as well, as it would help him back into the good graces of both fans and the UFC. After all, who can forget when UFC 151 was cancelled after Jones refused to fight against Chael Sonnen on short notice following an injury to Dan Henderson?

Let's hope that the UFC can make Jones/Johnson happen, as it would be a fantastic fight for UFC 197.

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