(Bader and his bride-to-be)
Jon Jones’ troubles finding someone to fight continue as Ryan Bader has suddenly realized his October wedding is gonna keep him from being ready for Jones at UFC 126:
“I don’t know if Jones is going to fight Bader,” White said. “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.”
Bader had discussed timing of his next fight when appearing on MMAWeekly Radio following his win over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 119, and stated that he was getting married at the end of October and planned on taking a 2-week honeymoon following the ceremony.
The timing of the fight was in question as Jones had stated he was hoping for a slot on the New Year’s Day card, but it seemed settled that the two fighters would meet at the Super Bowl weekend card instead. It appears now the fight is in question all-together.
So wait … lemme do the math here on this one. Marriage at the end of October + two weeks honeymoon = not able to be ready for February? That still leaves you with twelve weeks, dawg. I know you’d like to prepare a little more for the ass kicking you’re probably gonna get, but trust me when I say an extra week or two probably won’t help.