Jon Jones vs Jake O'Brien on tap for UFC 100 on July 11

Light heavyweight sensation Jon Jones (8-0) has reportedly agreed to battle wrestling standout Jake O'Brien (11-2) at UFC 100 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 11according to TheGarv.com.

Jones scored a lopsided unanimous decision win over UFC veteran Stephan Bonnar at UFC 94: "St. Pierre vs. Penn 2" back in January, electrifying the crowd with his raw talent and improvisation within the cage that included suplexes, spinning backfists, double spinning back elbows … crazy stuff.

It marked the eighth career win for "Bones," who is a decorated collegiate wrestler that recently made the transition to mixed martial arts and is already making some major waves at the UFC level.

He’ll have his hands full, however, against a very tough wrestler in O'Brien.

O’Brien was actually among several fighters cut from their contracts when the promotion was out to trim its roster. In hindsight, it was perhaps to soon because O’Brien had just one loss in four attempts inside the Octagon. And that was a defeat to former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski at UFC 82: "Pride of a Champion" back in March.

While he got trounced by heavyweight prospect Cain Velasquez at UFC Fight Night 14 back in July 2008, the now 205-pound O'Brien rebounded with a split-decision win over Christian Wellisch at UFC 94.

He holds notable wins over Heath Herring, Josh Shockman and Kristof Midoux while under contract with promotion.

This could be a tough fight for O’Brien who has traditionally relied on his athleticism and strong wrestling skills to defeat his opponents. That’s because Jones more than likely can hold his own in the wrestling and may have a major advantage in striking prowess.

UFC 100 features two major title fights: Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir will tangle to declare an undisputed division champion and Georges St. Pierre will once again defend his 170-pound strap against number one contender, Thiago Alves.

In addition, TUF 9 coaches, Dan Henderson and Michael Bisping, are slated to meet and determine who earns the right to challenge the reigning middleweight champion later in 2009.

For the latest UFC 100 fight card and rumors click here.

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