ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 21: Jon Jones arrives for his light heavyweight title bout against Rashad Evans for UFC 145 at Philips Arena on April 21, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Director of Operations for Canada, Tom Wright, wants a "marquee" match-up when the promotion invades the Scotiabank Saddledome for UFC 149 on July 21, 2012 in Calgary.
"Bones" disposed of Rashad Evans at UFC 145 just last week and has already mapped out an aggressive 2012 fight campaign that could see him compete two more times before the year's out, presumably against "Hendo" and Alexander Gustafsson, if "The Mauler" can win his next fight in style.
I guess Jones is in quite a hurry to make his heavyweight debut.
UFC President Dana White is not in favor of him moving up a weight class; however, the shallow pool of 205-pound title contenders is rapidly drying up. Then again, Henderson could turn the entire division on its head with one solid punch.
Hear why Wright (via Toronto Sun) would "love to see that fight happen" at UFC 149, after the jump.
"I would love to see that fight happen. Having Jon Jones defend his championship in Calgary against Dan Henderson — that would be a monster fight. I think it’s really important (to have a marquee bout). It demonstrates we have an understanding and a respect for how knowledgeable the fight fans are in Alberta, and how important this market is to our business."
UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo was previously penciled in as the Calgary headliner; however, his services were needed at UFC 147 in his native Brazil after the long-awaited middleweight title fight between Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen was boxed up and shipped to Las Vegas.
With just about every notable fighter already booked for action between the next three pay-per-view (PPV) events, not including the FOX, FX and FUEL TV cards, the ability to deliver a marquee match-up could prove difficult in any other division except light heavyweight.
Where two of the biggest stars in the sport are destined to collide.
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