'Bones' Jones may defend title in Calgary

JOSE RODRIGUEZ, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:38 PM ET

CALGARY - Jon ‘Bones’ Jones will likely have his next title defence in Calgary.

UFC president Dana White said Tuesday that featherweight champ Jose Aldo — who was to headline UFC 149 in Calgary — will instead defend his belt in his native Brazil.

Aldo — who has yet to have an opponent named — will fight at UFC 147 which will also feature The Ultimate Fighter Brazil battle between coaches Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva slated for June 23.

White said that if Jones is heals quickly following his five-round title defence against Rashad Evans this past weekend, he’s on the top of his list for Calgary in a battle against Dan Henderson.

"If we could make that fight happen (in Calgary), that'd be great,” said White.

Henderson has been waiting in the wings for Jones to fight Evans and has refused to take other fights until he got a title shot.

Henderson and Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua brawled for five rounds at UFC 139 in November, with each fighter staggering the other and winning fight-of-the- night honours. Henderson got the unanimous nod, although many, including White, feel the fight could have been scored a draw.

In an interview with the Sun last month, White said the former Pride champ was a ‘pain in the ass’ for turning down fights while awaiting a title shot.

"As aggravating as Dan is ... Dan and I go back and forth with each other all the time, I respect him," White said.

"I can tell you he's a pain in the ass. He is a pain in the ass, and he knows it, too. But I'm not out here smashing him.

"Dan Henderson has earned his respect, and if he wants to sit out and wait for one of these title fights, he can do it."

White hinted strongly that Henderson will get his wish.

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