UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will put his title on the line against former no. 1 middleweight contender Chael Sonnen on April 27, following their duty as opposing coaches on the next season of “The Ultimate Fighter” on FX (TUF 17) which will debut in January.
UFC President Dana White confirmed the news with the LA Times on Tuesday.
“This should be a good one,” White said. “Jon has accepted the fight. He knows the fans want to see that fight.”
Jones (17-1) is riding an eight-fight win streak, most recently defeating Vitor Belfort via fourth round submission at UFC 152 last month.
White said the April date was necessary for the Jones vs. Sonnen match in order to give Jones time to fully heal from the arm injury he incurred in the first round against Belfort when the veteran nearly submitted him.
Sonnen (27-12-1) hasn’t fought at light heavyweight since 2005, when he lost to Renato Sobral via second round submission at UFC 55. He most recently suffered a second round TKO loss to Anderson Silva for the middleweight title at UFC 148 in July.
Fans will recall Jones turned down an initial fight with Sonnen on a week’s notice at UFC 151 after his original opponent Dan Henderson was injured. The event, which was scheduled for September 1 in Las Vegas, was left without a main event and was ultimately cancelled.