UFC president Dana White hinted last week that the highly-anticipated rematch between light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (pictured) and former champ Jon Jones would likely go down in April. On Saturday, it was officially announced the sequel will take place at UFC 197 on April 23.
MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, the site of their original tango, hosts the gig.
As if that title tilt wasn’t enough, reigning flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson defends his crown against Henry Cejudo in the show’s co-main attraction.
Jones solidified his spot as the most decorated light heavyweight champion in UFC history after annihilating Cormier last January to notch is eighth consecutive title defense. However, Jones was stripped of his hardware following April’s felony hit-and-run arrest where a pregnant motorist suffered a broken arm.
Cormier went on to submit Anthony Johnson to capture the vacant belt one month later. He then defended the throne with a split decision victory over Alexander Gustafsson in October.
Johnson will be riding a nine-fight winning streak into the contest, with his last seven victories being of the title defense variety. “Mighty Mouse” was last seen beating John Dodson in September.
Cejudo presents a different challenge for the only flyweight champ the UFC has ever known. The former Olympic wrestling gold medalist owns a perfect 10-0 record since transitioning to MMA in 2013.
Johnson is the fastest fighter in MMA, so it will be up to Cejudo to see if he can get his hands on him in order to do what he does best.
No other bouts have been reported at this time.