UFC Makes a Big Announcement on Good Morning America!
UFC Interim Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones (who refused the title, calling it “fake”) will face Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier in a Unification Fight as the new main event for UFC 200 on July 9th at the brand new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, UFC President Dana White announced this morning on “Good Morning America.”
Jones (22-1) returned from a 15-month layoff at UFC 197 last weekend. He defeated Ovince Saint Preux via unanimous decision in an interim 205-pound title fight. It was Jones’ first appearance since January 2015, when he soundly defeated Cormier by decision to mark his eighth consecutive title defense. Three months later, Jones was arrested in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on a felony hit-and-run charge and was then stripped of the ttle by UFC. In September, he entered a plea deal that allowed him to avoid jail time.
In his absence, Cormier (17-1) won the vacant title by submitting Anthony Johnson at UFC 187 last May. He has one defense, a split decision over Alexander Gustafsson in October. Cormier was supposed to face Jones at UFC 197, but a leg injury suffered in training forced him to withdraw three weeks prior to the event.
UFC 200 was originally supposed to feature UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor (19-3) in a non-title welterweight rematch against Nate Diaz (19-10). McGregor was pulled from the card last week, however, after he refused to fly to Las Vegas for a commercial shoot and news conference. That’s when the whole McGREGOR RETIREMENT SCANDAL exploded all over UFC.
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