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Jon Jones vs. Ryan Bader Fight Could Be Off

(Well, they found the shortest guy at the Palms Pool. Next on the photo scavenger hunt list? A pair of real breasts. / Photo courtesy of

Jon Jones vs. Ryan Bader was supposed to be the badass Super Bowl Weekend co-headliner that established a top-dog 205-pound contender in the UFC. Turns out, it might not happen at all. As Dana White told fans earlier today in London, "I don’t know if Jones is going to fight Bader. We tried to put that fight together, but Bader has some stuff going on. Jon Jones might be fighting somebody else, I don’t know how that’s going to go…[Jones is] going to have to go through a couple of guys before he gets a title shot, but at the rate Jon Jones is going he could be fighting for the title next year."

BloodyElbow points out that the "stuff" Bader has going on includes his wedding at the end of this month and a gym-opening later this year. According to Jones’s agent, Bones vs. Darth is still a go at this point, so all hope isn’t lost. It would be a shame if a fight as important and logical as this one doesn’t happen because Bader has to nurse a honeymoon hangover and attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony. In other words, would you mind sacking up, bro?

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mynameisalsoben- October 16, 2010 at 1:08 am
Bader and Velasquez hanging out with long-time UFC fan Wilmer Valderrama.
Susan B. Sandwiches- October 16, 2010 at 12:53 am
You probably can't tell from the camera angle, but the guy in the middle is actually a super-heavyweight.
vengful1- October 16, 2010 at 12:16 am
Tito wouldn't dare fight Bones. He is retarded enough as it is. Humpty Dumpty would never be put back together again...
gogosplata- October 15, 2010 at 11:25 pm
Cain is actualy an inch shorter than Bader.
fatbellyfrank- October 15, 2010 at 8:14 pm
@ Buckwild, that would just be mean, Dana always said he'd look after Forrest and Stephan, give Jones Tito, just for our entertainment, at the end of the fight Tito would actually have all the injuries he's bullshitted about over his career
fatbellyfrank- October 15, 2010 at 8:10 pm
If Cole Konrad can find himself an MMA version of Mr Miyagi he has the potential to dominate the HW division, rawer than a butchers dogs dinner at the moment, but the potential, WOW
2gq4u- October 15, 2010 at 6:48 pm
Even if Bader is on a step, if Brock or Carwin were in the picture, Bader and Cain would both look like twigs.

Cain could be the next guy to dominate at LHW but he will never be the guy who dominates at heavyweight.
BuckWild- October 15, 2010 at 6:36 pm
They will feed Forest to Jones! Mark my words! This will happen!
fatbellyfrank- October 15, 2010 at 5:47 pm
And baders standing on the steps, and Jones/ Spidey does have a certain degree of awesomeness about it
fatbellyfrank- October 15, 2010 at 5:45 pm
@ Fried taco, I'm with you man " Yo dana whassup, Fight jonny Jones? well I've got a wedding, this gym, gotta recover from a bone in my leg, what?, bad connection dana.. click"
rearnakedchickenchoke- October 15, 2010 at 4:47 pm
I'd like to thank Bader for saving us from that fight. I wasn't really excited about it anyway. Jones needs a serious step up in compteition or at least a big name like Tito to smash. Another wrestler or a non-top 10 guy really seems like a waste of time at this point.
doomrider7- October 15, 2010 at 4:36 pm
That's one of the intrigues about the Lesnar vs Velaquez fight. Cain isn't a particularly large HW, but he's fast, has good wrestling, and a near infinite gas tank.
DazedNConfused- October 15, 2010 at 4:33 pm
How exactly has Cain been protected by the UFC? Just curious. Rothwell, Big Nog, Kongo are all legitimate fighters in which he destroyed. Lesnar might indeed be too big for him but I think it's going to be a very interesting fight. Cain is quick and is improving very well with his standup, Lesnar on the other hand has the standup of a 16 year old girl. If Cain can stop most of Lesnar's takedowns and take him to the later (3-5 rounds) it's all over. OVEEER. But I'm not betting on that fight. Cain would be scary at 205.

As for Bader, yeah I hear he has some wedding/new gym to open. Sounds bunk. I want to see Jones fight soon.
Smitty- October 15, 2010 at 4:03 pm
Look behind the people in the picture. They are standing on steps, and Cain is obviously standing on the steps toward the bottom. They're not on the same level ground.
tnbp- October 15, 2010 at 3:19 pm
It's not as though the fight won't happen-- it's just a question of whether it will happen on the New Year's Eve card or not. My understanding is that Bader's getting married at the end of the month and then has plans for a 2-week honeymoon. If he won't get back until mid-November, maybe he feels a month and a half to get ready isn't enough even if you take the gym opening out of the picture. That doesn't constitute "ducking" Jones to me. I'll be very, very surprised if they don't fight by mid-2011 at the latest (depending upon if they end up with other opponents and how those fights go, of course.)
Videodrome_NOW- October 15, 2010 at 3:01 pm
So Jones gets who next, then, if not Bader? Brilz?? Winner of Machida/Rampage. Not likely. My hopes of Bader going to the hospital are now diminishing.
amsterdamheavy- October 15, 2010 at 2:53 pm
Meh, being hard on Bader (who is huge apparently) EDIT: Wait, Bader is on a step isnt he? Look in the background.

Weddings are a big deal as is opening a business. The dude is entitled to a life, the fight with Bones can wait a little longer if it has to I think I think.

I live a couple miles from Almeida's school and I dont remember anyone talking badly about him for taking a few years off to get his business going - we're obviously not talking three years for Bader here. Cut the dude some slack.
mtcage- October 15, 2010 at 2:26 pm
I honestly think that Dana realized this fight is a terrible promotional move. Jones is an up and coming superstar whose fan base is growing with every fight. Jones has an exciting style that draws in viewers - a potential goldmine if he continues to dominate his opponents. But, if Dana gives him a title shot too early or makes him fight someone that is good enough to make Jones NOT shine (e.g., a good wrestler like Bader), then Jones' "next-generation of fighter" image takes a huge hit. If he lets Jones fight a few more "less difficult" fights, Jone's image gets more elevated, fan base grows even bigger, and cash potential for UFC grows. On the other hand, Bader normally flies under the radar, but now that he's building an undefeated record in the UFC, he's getting more attention. From this point forward, every additional win will give Bader a little more star status and increases Bader's marketing potential for the UFC. Throwing Bader into a potentially dangerous fight with Jones too early jeopardizes this undefeated status. So, best case scenario if these two fight is that one superstar continues and the other takes a hit. A fight with this sort of consequence should be left for mega-title fights where the fan base is already established for the fighters.
ghostboner- October 15, 2010 at 2:20 pm
I know it is crazy, Cain looks tiny. Like a Hobbit. His eyes are right in line with Bader's moobs.
bruce leroys lice- October 15, 2010 at 1:59 pm
Good call Jeeves. If Brock gets on top of him its gonna be like a dad holding his 5 year old down.
DaltonSwayze- October 15, 2010 at 1:48 pm
I want to see Bones Jones fight Anderson Silva. Why not? It would be a step up for each guy in the LHW division, and we'd see just how good each of them are at that weight.

I know, I know. Never going to happen
Travis.Logan- October 15, 2010 at 1:45 pm
Yeah good call jeeves though the pic is prolly a little decieving with the dumbass photographer tripping over a chair mid flash thing. I think giving guys like Hardy a title shot or Lesner a title shot before they had shown any true standings in the UFC was far more off base then giving Jones a top contender to eat up and spit out. But maybe thats it, Dana White and Joe Silva are scared what JOHNNY "BONES" JONES will do to the division's best. He is the next evolution in modern MMA
Get Off Me- October 15, 2010 at 1:44 pm
Precisely Jeeves....Cain will end up at light heavyweight, he has been protected so far pretty well by the UFC, but Lesnar is gonna mop the floor with him and then maybe Carwin will get him and send him down to 205...then we will have the fitch/koscheck thing at 205 with Cain/Bader not wanting to fight each other..can't wait.
Darkside- October 15, 2010 at 1:44 pm
If I were Bader, I would be scared to fight Jones too, especially after how he looked against lil Nog.
Goog- October 15, 2010 at 1:44 pm
I went to the Mayan Riviera for my honeymoon and everyone down there is the size of that dude. They called me "El Gigante" all week at the resort. Even if Bader's 220 in that pic, I'm 6'-1" 290. It felt like I was walking around an elementary school.

(by "that dude", I meant Valasquez)