The rematch is once again official.
Jon Jones will fight Daniel Cormier in a light heavyweight unification title bout at UFC 200, as first reported during a telecast of Good Morning America on Wednesday. The fight will headline the July 9 card in Las Vegas, at the brand new T-Mobile Arena.
"UFC 200 has been, uh, interesting to say the least, putting this thing together," UFC president Dana White said on the show. "There's been some crazy things that have gone on. Some ups and downs. Jon Jones just fought on Saturday night and won his fight against OSP. He's been out for 15 months, and now he's back, and he wants his light heavyweight UFC title back. So the main event will be Daniel Cormier versus Jon Jones."
Jones was originally slated to face Cormier at UFC 197 this past Saturday, yet the current 205-pound champion had to withdraw due to an injury. He was replaced by Ovince Saint Preux, who lost a unanimous decision to Jones. The fight was contested for an interim title.
The Jones-Cormier rematch had been rumored for the big UFC 200 card, yet Jones was nursing a sore foot after his fight with Saint Preux. Though he has yet to have an x-ray taken, he tweeted out on Tuesday evening that he was walking around and the foot was fine.
"I just want to get back to my original plan and dominate Daniel Cormier again," said Jones on the show.
The bad blood between Cormier and Jones extends back to UFC 178, where the two were booked to meet for Jones' light heavyweight title. During a press conference for the fight, the two engaged in a brawl. Jones had to pull out of the fight with a leg injury, but they finally met at UFC 182 in early-2015.
Jones won the first fight via unanimous decision.
He was stripped of his title just a few months later after a hit-and-run incident in Albuquerque. Before then Jones had eight title defenses. In his absence Cormier defeated Anthony Johnson for the vacant belt at UFC 187, and later defended it against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 192 in Houston.