Jon Jones is ready to get his career started again on Saturday night at UFC 197 when he faces Ovince Saint Preux in the main event. If everything goes well, he could return as early as three months from now if he has his way.
Jones said on Wednesday when speaking to FOX Sports that he would be willing to step up and fight in the main event at UFC 200 on July 9 to save the day after Conor McGregor was pulled from the card this week.
"Absolutely. I'd totally step in to UFC 200 and fill in that main event slot," Jones said.
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McGregor was yanked from the card after refusing to travel to Las Vegas for a press conference that is scheduled for Friday with the stars from UFC 200 in attendance.
UFC president Dana White then promised that the promotion would rebook his opponent Nate Diaz with a new fight while also teasing that he would add another marquee bout to fill the slot vacated by McGregor's absence.
Jones facing light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 would certainly fit the bill. It sounds like the former light heavyweight champion is ready to accept ... if everything goes well against Saint Preux.
Jones was supposed to face Cormier at UFC 197, but an injury knocked the champion out a few weeks ago.
Fighting at UFC 200 would also be a special moment for Jones considering he also fought at UFC 100 in 2009.
"Is there anybody else on both? I would love to be the first guy to fight at UFC 100 and 200," Jones said.
If Jones fights at UFC 200, he would actually join lightweight fighter Jim Miller, who also competed at UFC 100 and who is currently scheduled to face Takanori Gomi on the card.
Either way, Jones' willingness to save the day for UFC 200 could go a long way to the promotion considering booking him against Cormier in just a few months time.
First things first, however, Jones has to get past Saint Preux.