The much-anticipated rematch between current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and ex-division king, Jon Jones, has been booked to go down at UFC 214 on July 29 in Anaheim, Calif., as announced during today’s UFC Summer Kickoff press conference (video replay here).
The two were set to run it back at UFC 200 last year, but the bout was scrapped at the 11th hour after Jones was notified of a failed drug test by United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). As a result, Cormier went on to fight and defeat Anderson Silva on just two days notice.
“Bones,” meanwhile, was hit with a one-year suspension from the fight game. Not one to sit idle, “DC” went on to defend his title against Anthony Johnson at UFC 210, which prompted “Rumble” to retire.
And though Jimi Manuwa was trying his best to slide in and take the title fight from under Jon’s nose, the promotion felt a rematch between the two bitter rivals was the best option.
UFC president Dana White maintained that he would not allow Jones to headline a PPV event in his first fight back from suspension, and when both “DC” and “Bones” were asked if they would headline the event, neither could confirm.
For Cormier, the do-over is a chance to avenge his only loss in MMA, as Jones originally defeated him at UFC 182 in 2015.
No word yet on if Cris Cyborg will finally get her shot at winning UFC gold at the event, but she continues to make social media posts claiming she’s fighting for the women’s featherweight strap. Cyborg has been very vocal in regards to either getting her shot at the title or her UFC release.