Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier 2 set as the new main event for UFC 200
The new main event for UFC 200 is officially set as light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will meet interim champ Jon Jones on July 9 as part of the historic card taking place at the new T-Mobile Arena in La Vegas.
UFC officials announced the new fight on "Good Morning America" on Wednesday.
The new headline bout comes almost exactly one week after Conor McGregor was pulled from UFC 200 after he refused to travel to the United States for promotional engagements to begin planning for his fight against Nate Diaz.
The UFC decided there was no other option than to yank McGregor from the card and cancel his main even status for the event.
Following Jones’ victory over Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 197 last weekend, it was clear that he was the front runner to land the headline spot for his rematch with Cormier with the light heavyweight title up for grabs.
The two rivals were supposed to meet at UFC 197 but Cormier suffered a shin injury that forced him out of the fight.
Now the long awaited rematch is set for July 9 following Cormier’s recovery from the leg injury as well as Jones walking away unscathed from his last fight against Saint Preux.
Jones and Cormier may be involved in one of the most heated rivalries in the history of the sport.
Jones beat Cormier by unanimous decision the last time they met in January 2015, but a lot has changed since that fight took place.
Jones had to sit out for almost 16 months due to a hit-and-run accident last year that nearly put an end to his career. Meanwhile, Cormier went onto win the title vacated by Jones in his absence before defending the belt against Alexander Gustafsson this past October.
Jones and Cormier have been champing at the bit to fight each other and now they will get the chance as part of one of the biggest cards of the year at UFC 200.
Jones vs. Cormier 2 becomes the third title fight taking place at UFC 200 in addition to Miesha Tate facing Amanda Nunes as well as Jose Aldo against Frankie Edgar for the interim featherweight title.