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Ryan Bader Wants UFC Title Shot Before Jon Jones Returns

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When former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was suspected of being involved in a felony hit-and-run accident in New Mexico in April, the Las Vegas-based fight promotion acted swiftly to ensure that the 205-pound division wasn’t put on hold while Jones sorted out his legal issues.

Jones turned himself in to authorities on April 27 after an arrest warrant was issued by the Albuquerque Police Department. He had a scheduled title defense against Anthony Johnson less than a month later on May 23, headlining the UFC 187 pay-per-view event in Las Vegas.

Jones appeared before a judge the next day, April 28, and met with UFC president Dana White and UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta later that afternoon. That evening, it was announced that Jones was stripped of his title and suspended indefinitely by the fight promotion.

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With Jones removal from the 205-pound landscape, opportunities arose for others in the weight class. Daniel Cormier, who was coming off a unanimous decision loss to Jones, stepped up on short notice to face Johnson at UFC 187 ….View original article