LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 30: Mixed martial artist Jon Jones arrives at the Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2011 at the Palms Casino Resort November 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones said he wanted a vacation after his busy but highly successful 2011 fight campaign.
The young phenom fought four times in total last year, earning a crack at the 205-pound strap before winning it and then defending it twice against two former champions. In nearly every publication, he was awarded "Fighter of the Year" honors, including right here on MMAmania.com.
Following his impressive second round guillotine submission victory over Lyoto Machida at UFC 140 on Dec. 10 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Jones vowed to take some time off to allow his body to rest up. After all, the dude was in training camp almost all of last year.
Now, though, "Bones" has changed his tune. He's ready to get back in action and he's ready to do so ASAP.
That's what UFC President Dana White said, at least, in a recent interview (via Cagewriter):
"[Jones] called about four days ago and said 'okay let's go, I'm done with vacation.' He said he wanted to take all this time off and then they were calling me four days ago saying he wants to fight as soon as possible. He's ready to go. What could end up happening is Dan Henderson fights Jon Jones first, and then [Jones' subsequent fight] would be close to the time that Rashad fights. Or we see how things go with Rashad [versus Phil Davis] and Rashad fights him first."
A light heavyweight champion who wants to stay active -- as evidenced by his declaration that he's been thinking of competing four times in 2012 -- and two top challengers who both present interesting match-ups.
Sounds like a pretty good problem to have.
Essentially we could be looking at Jones vs. Henderson with Evans waiting in the wings or Jones vs. Evans with Henderson taking one more fight on the same card and earning the title shot with in a win in that fight.
Either scenario, I'm sure, is fine with you Maniacs, right?