UFC 135: Jon “Bones” Jones vs. Quniton “Rampage” Jackson Official for Denver

UFC president Dana White today has revealed a number of top stories, Nick Diaz vacating the Strikeforce welterweight title, 5 round main event non-title fights, a UFC flyweight division and last but not least, if everything checks out with his health, light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will make his first title defense against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 135 in Denver, Colorado on September 24th, 2011.

White, speaking via ESPN, said:

“That is the date he will headline, in Colorado. Assuming [Jones] has healed. Doctor’s got to say his hand’s OK [first], and he’s got to get in the gym to prove it.”

Jones trains at Greg Jackson’s in Albuquerque at altitude, so his first title defense at 205 pounds occurring in the Mile High City will work in his favor. The date also occurs only six weeks after UFC 133 in Philadelphia, where No. 1 contender Rashad Evans meets Phil Davis, so if Jones is cleared to fight the timing could mesh for a late-2012 meeting between Evans and Jones.

UFC 135 will also feature a welterweight bout between long time welterweight king-pin, Matt Hughes and TUF 1 winner, Diego Sanchez.

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