With Fabricio Werdum pulling out of UFC 196 due to injury, the UFC is in need of something significant to keep it as a viable and acceptable pay-per-view event. To that end, several fighters have thrown their name in the mix thus far, but one in particular could be the most intriguing: Jon Jones.
The returning former-UFC Light Heavyweight Champion was asked about stepping in against Stipe Miocic for the Feb. 6 event, and said it’s something he’d be up for under the right circumstances.
If it was for the actual title I would totally do it https://t.co/ur2Rq1ycOI
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) January 26, 2016
The UFC hasn’t made any official announcements regarding the event, and though this particular fight isn’t going to come to pass, it’s an intriguing prospect.
Penick’s Analysis: Jones stepping up against Werdum on short notice could have been intriguing, though Werdum wouldn’t have been wise to take that at less than 100% either. There’s no real clear saving grace for this event right now, and though Jones’ return could be it, they’re not going to rush him back in for anything less than a legitimate title fight.
[Jon Jones art by Grant Gould (c) MMATorch.com]
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