Jon Jones vs Daniel Cormier Will Headline UFC 200; UFC Announces Fight After Conor McGregor Was Pulled
The UFC has announced that UFC 200, set to take place on July 9th, 2016, will feature Jon Jones vs Daniel Cormier for the unification of the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. The rivalry between the two fighters is already turning this into a heated fight.
Jon Jones (22-1) is coming off a convincing, but less than stellar performance in his return to the Octagon when he defeated Ovince St. Prieux at UFC 197 on April 23, 2016. That win awarded Jones with the Interim Light Heavyweight Championship Belt.
Jones was originally stripped of the Light Heavyweight Championship in the spring of 2015 due to his connection to a hit-and-run incident. Daniel Cormier (17-1) went on to face then-number-1 contender Anthony Rumble Johnson at UFC 187 for the Light Heavyweight Championship that was vacated by Jones. Cormier defeated Johnson via a second round rear-naked choke to claim the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Jon Jones vs Daniel Cormier was originally set to take place at UFC 197, but Cormier was forced to pull out of the bout due to a leg injury. Jones would end up facing short-notice replacement and up-and-coming Light Heavyweight contender, Ovince St. Preux. Jones dominated him in five rounds to win the Interim Light Heavyweight Championship via unanimous decision. Jones and Cormier will face off one more time to crown an undisputed UFC Light Heavyweight Championship and settle a score on the most high profile event in UFC history.
UFC 200 was originally scheduled to feature a rematch between UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz. The two originally fought earlier this year at UFC 196. Diaz was able to endure a beating in Round 1 to rebound and defeat Conor McGregor in the Round 2 via a rear naked choke.
McGregor was removed from the main event slot of UFC 200 due to his reported refusal to travel to Las Vegas to participate in filming a commercial to promote UFC 200. Connor claim to be in Iceland training and didn’t want to interrupt his training camp and his preparation for his UFC 200 fight against Nate Diaz.
McGregor subsequently teased a retirement from mixed martial arts, but two days later he released a statement that he was not retired and he requested that the UFC focus more on his training and less on his active promotion for his fights. McGregor gave an ultimatum to the UFC. The UFC was unable to compromise with McGregor in terms of his participation in the media. They cited the bad precedent that would be set if McGregor was allowed to skip promotion of his fight while the other fighters currently on the card had to promote their fight.
Dana White has stated that McGregor will be rescheduled to fight at a later date possibly UFC 201 or UFC 202, which are scheduled later in the summer.
UFC 200 Will Still Be a Must-Watch Event
Jon Jones vs Daniel Cormier is set to be a great match up as there’s a lot of bad blood between the two fighters. Jon Jones dominated his return to the Octagon against Ovince St. Preux, but he didn’t look as crisp and in shape as we are used to seeing. Daniel Cormier has been in the octagon with Jon Jones once before, so he knows what to expect from him. It will be very interesting to see what adjustments are made by Jon after his last fight.
This is also good for the UFC because Conor McGregor had so much attention and buzz when he was removed from the card. People were wondering if another opponent could step in and help keep the anticipation alive for this card. It seems the UFC has done that by adding the Jon Jones vs Daniel Cormier fight to their lineup.
UFC 200 is set to take place in on July 9th, 2016 at the new T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas Nevada. It is set to be the biggest event in UFC history.