Dana White – Jon Jones set for early return, Hendo fight most likely

Jones’ inactivity lasted just three weeks before he began to get the itch again.

“[Jones] called about four days ago and said ‘okay let’s go, I’m done with vacation.'” UFC president Dana White said on “The MMA Insiders” on ESPN1100/98.9 FM in Las Vegas (12:37 mark). “He said he wanted to take all this time off and then they were calling me four days ago saying he wants to fight as soon as possible. He’s ready to go.”

With so many of the promotion’s stars on the shelf with injuries (Junior dos Santos, Cain Velasquez, Georges St-Pierre, Anderson Silva) that’s great news for the first quarter of 2012. A decision on Jones’ next fight will have to wait until after UFC on Fox 2 on Jan. 28.

“What could end up happening is Dan Henderson fights Jon Jones first, and then [Jones’ subsequent fight] would be close to the time that Rashad fights. Or we see how things go with Rashad [versus Phil Davis] and Rashad fights him first,” said White.

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