UFC president Dana White announced some news at the press conference for UFC 131, which takes place this Saturday in Canada.
One of them is that there’ll be more five-round fights in the future, something that so far was reserved for title defenses. The idea is for main events to last five rounds, except for those already stipulated for three rounds in contracts.
Jon Jones vs. Rampage
The name of current light heavyweight champion Jon Jones’s next opponent has finally come out of the hat. Quoted on MMAJunkie, this Thursday White said Quinton “Rampage” Jackson should get his title shot on September 24 at UFC 135 in Denver, Colorado. First, though, Jones has to get doctor clearance for an injury sustained to his hand. Another fight on tap for the event is between Matt Hughes and Diego Sanchez.
A flyweight division was in the works for the WEC for years. White admitted the weight group will be featured in the UFC, he just hasn’t set a date yet.
Opponent for Velasquez
And the winner of the UFC 131 main event, between Junior Cigano and Shane Carwin, will be the next challenger to Cain Velasquez’s heavyweight throne, which should happen in four or five months.