Ryan Bader vs. Jon Jones official for UFC 126 on Feb. 5

Jon Jones (above) will face Ryan Bader on Feb. 5. Photo courtesy of UFC

The highly anticipated bout between UFC light heavyweight stars Ryan “Darth” Bader (12-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) and Jon “Bones” Jones (11-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) has been confirmed for UFC 126, which is scheduled for Feb.5 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

The fight was confirmed for UFC 126 on this week’s “The Ultimate Insider”, an online-only UFC news program which broadcasts on UFC.com. We reported on Wednesday the fight was confirmed, but only now do we know for which event.

The undefeated Bader has been on a tear since he won the eighth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” in December 2008. The former Arizona State wrestler holds UFC wins over Vinny Magalhaes, Carmello Marrero, Eric Schafer, Keith Jardine and most recently, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

“Bones” Jones is viewed by many as the most talented up-and-coming fighter in the UFC today. His UFC wins include Andre Gusmao, Stephan Bonnar, Jake O’Brien, Matt Hamill, Brandon Vera and most recently, Vladimir Matyushenko.