The light heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson is being targeted for UFC 187 in May - a move that would see Jones return to the octagon quicker than expected following a recent failed drug test.
UFC President Dana White said the promotion is aiming for memorial weekend in May, which is notoriously one of the UFC's biggest Pay Per View's.
He explained to the media this week:
"We're looking to do that fight in May...I don't have the exact date, but May."
Change of plans
This development marks a change from rumored plans for the big event. It had initially looked like UFC 187 would be a clash between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor for the Featherweight title.
Jon Jones would return to the Octagon just five months after his decision win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 182. It has since become public knowledge that Jones had tested positive for cocaine metabolites around a month before the fight.
Clearly though the UFC are not concerned with putting him back in the limelight.
Rumble earns his shot
Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson earned his shot at Jones with a huge first round knockout of number one contender Alexander Gustafsson last weekend at UFC on FOX 13 in Sweden.
Since returning to the UFC, Johnson knocked off perennial contender Phil Davis, before destroying faded legend Antonio Rogerio Nogueria. After battling with weight issues in the past, he has finally found a home in the light heavyweight division, and may finally be the guy to dethrone the pound for pound king Jon Jones.