A new main event has been announced for UFC 200. It will be Daniel Cormier vs Jon Jones 2 for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. The announcement was made official earlier today by the UFC on 'Good Morning America'.
The current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Cormier will meet the interim champion Jones on July 9 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for arguably one of the biggest pay-per-views in the promotion's history.
Jones became the interim Light Heavyweight Champion last week after defeating Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 197 via unanimous decision. He will now attempt to reclaim the title he never lost after he was stripped of the belt due to a hit and run incident and forced to sit out for 16 months.
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Cormier claimed the vacant UFC Light Heavyweight Championship against Anthony Johnson in May 2015 at UFC 187 via a rear-naked choke hold submission in the third round. This will be his second title defense after he successfully defended the belt at UFC 192 against Alexander Gustafsson in October last year.
This will be the second time Jones and Cormier have meant inside the octagon, as they faced each other before at UFC 182 in January last year, a fight which was also for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. Bones won that clash via unanimous decision.
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The two were supposed to fight at UFC 197 but Cormier picked up a shin injury which forced him to drop out of the fight. Thanks to Cormier's injury recovery, and Jones walking away from his fight against Saint Preux unscathed, the long awaited rematch can now take place.
This is now the third title fight on the UFC 200 card, as Miesha Tate will be defending her Women's Bantamweight title against Amanda Nunes, and Jose Aldo will be battling against Frankie Edgar for the interim featherweight title.
This bout now replaces the original scheduled main event, which was supposed to be the rematch between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor. The Irish fighter declined to travel to the United States for promotional events for his fight.
UFC president Dana White had no other choice but to pull the current UFC Featherweight Champion from the UFC 200 card as punishment for his refusal to attend promotional engagements. He will now have to wait until later this year for another fight inside the octagon.
Daniel Cormier vs Jon Jones 2 will now be the main event fight for UFC 200, arguably the biggest UFC event in the promotion's history.