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Jon Jones vs. Thiago Santos slated for UFC 239

Jon Jones faces Thiago Santos at UFC 239.
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Stipe Miocic will have to wait.

Just hours after Jones teased a potential fight against the former UFC heavyweight champion, his real marching orders were unveiled: Jones is being targeted to defend his UFC light heavyweight title against Thiago Santos on July 6 at UFC 239. MMA Fighting confirmed the news Wednesday following an initial report by ESPN. Once finalized, Jones vs. Santos is expected to headline the UFC’s annual International Fight Week.

After a roller-coaster three-year stretch that saw him be suspended and stripped of UFC titles three different times for various infractions, including a pair of failed drug tests, Jones (24-1, 1 NC) appears to finally be back on track. He recaptured his long-held 205-pound title in December with a third-round TKO stoppage over Alexander Gustafsson, then successfully defended his belt with a unanimous decision over Anthony Smith at UFC 235.

In Santos (21-6), Jones faces a former middleweight who has found new life at 205 pounds. Since moving up in weight, the Brazilian slugger holds a perfect 3-0 record with KO/TKO stoppages over Eryk Anders, Jimi Manuwa, and Jan Blachowicz. In total, Santos has finished 11 of his 13 Octagon wins via KO/TKO stoppages.

UFC 239 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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  • 82%
    Jon Jones
    (4810 votes)
  • 17%
    Thiago Santos
    (1038 votes)
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