This year's Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Memorial Day weekend card is shaping up to be one of the biggest of the year ... one filled to the brim with star power.
On Wednesday's edition of "UFC Tonight" on FOX Sports One, two title fights were announced for the pay-per-view (PPV) card from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 23, 2015:
Champion and champion .
Jones will look to defend his 205-pound belt for a ninth time and the second time this year, as "Bones" already defeated not without cocaine-fueled controversy, though).via unanimous decision at (
Johnson, meanwhile, defeatedvia technical knockout three weeks later at to emerge as the No. 1-ranked contender for UFC's Light title. Johnson, a former , has won nine straight since he was released after his loss to Belfort at , winning all three fights since his return to the promotion.
Weidman and Belfort were supposed to lock horns at rib injury suffered during training. Weidman will seek his third-straight title defense and to remain undefeated in his career., which takes place on Feb. 28, 2015, but the fight was postponed because of the 185-pound champion's
Belfort, on the other hand, most recently competed on Nov. 9, 2013, scoring a technical knockout victory over. "The Phenom" is currently on a three-fight win streak.
In addition to those two marquee match ups,will take on Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone in a contest on PPV main card. Former Heavyweight champion will take on No. 3-ranked and, in action, two former title challengers, and , will clash in a pivotal divisional showdown.