Despite facing a one year suspension for a failed drug test, current UFC Interim Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones will be facing the now-retired Dan Henderson in a grappling match at Submission Underground II.
Submission Underground promoter Chael Sonnen broke the news himself on this week's The MMA Hour. The event will stream live on Flo Combat.
This is not the first time that Jones and Henderson were set to battle. The two were planned to headline UFC 151 before Henderson pulled out of the fight due to an injury. Ironically, Sonnen would later receive Henderson's UFC Light Heavyweight title shot against Jones.
While most fighters under a UFC contracted a prohibited from “dangerous activities” like pro wrestling and such while under contract, the promotion has made exception for grappling matches over the last few years. Lyoto Machida, Michael Bisping, Brendan Schaub and several others have competed.
While Jones is suspended for a failed drug test, neither USADA or the Oregon Athletic Commission (the event is being held in Oregon) have no jurisdiction over suspended fighters competing in grappling events.
Submission Underground II takes place on Sunday, December 11 from the Roseland Theater in Portland, Oregon with Jon Jones and Dan Henderson headlining.