Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones 2 official for UFC 214 in Anaheim
More than a year after their last fight was cancelled, light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will finally met Jon Jones at UFC 214 in Anaheim on July 29.
The new bout was announced as part of the UFC’s Summer Kickoff press conference on Friday.
The two longtime rivals were last scheduled to meet at UFC 200 last July, but Jones was pulled off the card after he was flagged for a doping violation stemming from an out-of-competition drug test.
Cormier stayed on the card where he defeated former middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Jones ultimately faced a one-year suspension as a result of his UFC anti-doping policy infraction but he returns to eligibility in July.
Cormier (19-1) fought most recently at UFC 210 in Buffalo where he submitted Anthony “Rumble” Johnson with an impressive performance to mark his second title defense since winning the belt in 2015.
Meanwhile, Jones (22-1) has gone through a tumultuous few years to finally get back to fight for the light heavyweight title again.
Jones was initially stripped of the belt after he was involved in a hit-and-run accident that ended with a long suspension from the UFC. Jones finally returned last April where he defeated Ovince Saint-Preux by unanimous decision to win an interim title while Cormier was out of action due to injury.
Jones was then stripped of that belt after he tested positive for the banned substance before he sat out for a year as punishment.
Now the long road back will lead Jones to a rematch with arguably his greatest rival while Cormier tries to erase the only loss of his professional fighting career.