Stephan Bonnar (11-4) confirmed that he will return to action against Jon Jones (6-0) at UFC 94 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on January 31, according to a recent interview with InsideFighting.com.
Bonnar -- The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season one light heavyweight finalist -- has been on the mend nursing a surgically repaired knee back to health for the past several months.
He sustained the catastrophic injury while training for a big fight against Matt Hamill at UFC Fight Night 13 back in April, derailing the progress he had made after a suspension for steroids. In fact, he was on a two-fight win streak, finishing Eric Schafer and Mike Nickels, respectively, establishing himself once again as a dangerous light heavyweight threat.
Now training at X-Treme Couture in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Chicago transplant will have to gear up for one of the most promising prospects in the division.
Jones scored a unanimous decision win over veteran Andre Gusmao at UFC 87: "Seek and Destroy" back in April, electrifying the crowd with his raw talent and improvisation within the cage that included spinning backfists, double spinning back elbows … crazy stuff.
And he did it all on just days notice.
It marked the sixth career win for Jones and his sixth fight of 2008. That’s right, "Bones" is a decorated collegiate wrestler who just recently made the transition to mixed martial arts and is already making some waves at the UFC level.
He’ll have his hands full, however, against a very hungry and experienced "American Psycho" on Super Bowl weekend.
UFC 94 will feature the welterweight superfight between former 170-pound champion and current lightweight kingpin BJ Penn versus reigning welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, as well as the highly anticipated showdown between light heavyweight unbeatens Lyoto Machida and Thiago Silva.
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