We’re still not close to seeing a Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor showdown, but it appears UFC is one step closer to finalizing another highly touted megafight.
The long-awaited rematch between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones is being finalized for UFC 214 on July 29 in Anaheim, Calif., according to MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani.
Jones currently is serving a one-year suspension for a doping violation, which led to the cancellation of a previously scheduled Cormier-Jones rematch at UFC 200 last July and the stripping of Jones’ light heavyweight title.
The belt now belongs to Cormier, who defeated Anthony “Rumble” Johnson at UFC 210 earlier this month. The UFC entertained having the champion fight Jimi Manuwa at UFC 213, but with Jones returning from suspension in July, it appears the promotion is opting to wait a little bit longer to set up the high-profile rematch.
It’s not certain whether UFC president Dana White will make this fight the main event of UFC 214. He said earlier this week he doesn’t want to make it the main event because Jones first needs to show he can be trusted.
This is the fifth time UFC has tried to schedule a Cormier-Jones fight. Jones pulled out the first time due to an injury back in 2014. They later fought at UFC 182, with Jones winning via unanimous decision. Cormier then pulled out of the first scheduled rematch due to injury before Jones was pulled off the UFC 200 card because of the doping violation.
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