After the UFC pulled Conor McGregor from his scheduled UFC 200 headliner against Nate Diaz, the promotion was in search of a new main event for the blockbuster July 9, 2016 card from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The search is no more, however, as UFC President Dana White announced this morning (April 27, 2016) on Good Morning America that reigning light heavyweight champion Daniel “DC” Cormier would rematch former divisional kingpin Jon “Bones” Jones in the evening’s main attraction.
The two first met at January 2015’s UFC 182 with Jones soundly defeating Cormier, but “Bones” would soon run into a plethora of legal issues forcing the UFC to strip him of his title, and giving Cormier the chance to slide in and capture the vacant strap.
After nearly 16 months on the sidelines, Jones finally returned to action at this past weekend’s (April 23, 2016) UFC 197, scoring a unanimous decision victory over late replacement opponent Ovince St. Preux.
Cormier was supposed to meet Jones on the card, but he was forced to withdraw after suffering a leg injury in training.
After tuning into see a somewhat rusty Jones show up at UFC 197, Cormier recently took to his official Instagram to bash “Bones”, saying that the rematch will be ‘light work’:
While “DC”, a former Olympian, is undoubtedly a decorated fighter, he shouldn’t look too much into Jones’ most recent performance.
After spending so much time away from the sport, it’s understandable that the former champion may have needed some time to get back into the swing of things, and we’ve all seen how deadly Jones is when he’s at his best which he claims he will be when it’s time to meet Cormier.
Will “DC” finally be able to break “Bones”, or will Jones recapture his title on July 9th?