It appears that Rashad Evans’ injury history has taken another title fight away from him, at least for the time being. UFC President Dana White announced today on his Twitter account that Jon Jones will defend his UFC light heavyweight title against Lyoto Machida at UFC 140.
“Alright Toronto!!! Dec. 10th UFC 140 tickets go on sale net weekend and your main event is ‘Bones’ Jones vs. Machida!!!,” White wrote.
Jones was expected to face Evans at the same event in Toronto, but Evans didn’t have enough time to rehab and train after having pins removed from his injured hand this past Wednesday. Jones and Evans were former training partners before Evans left the camp due to comments made by “Bones” after he won the UFC title. The two faced off in the cage after Jones defeated Quinton “Rampage” Jackson earlier this month, but will have to wait to settle their differences once again.
“Back 2 work:)” Jones wrote on his Twitter account after White made the announcement. “Fighting 3 champions in one year (Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Jackson and now Machida), what a great challenge…feeling alive.”
Machida, a former UFC 205-pound champion, has not fought since earlier this year when he defeated Randy Couture with a front-kick that knocked out the former multi-division champion. He was rumored to face Phil Davis in his next bout, however those plans were put on hold as Davis is also recovering from an injury.
“Just confirmed it, fight for the title Dec. 10 against Jon Jones,” Machida wrote on his account.
Along with Jones-Machida, UFC 140 will also feature Frank Mir meeting Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, and Tito Ortiz taking on Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.