Alas, the long-awaited rematch between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones is set for UFC 214.
The UFC announced the sequel during Friday’s Summer Kickoff press conference.
The event takes place July 29 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
Jones hasn’t been seen since beating Ovince St. Preux for the vacant interim light heavyweight belt in April 2016. He was subsequently stripped of that crown after getting yanked from his UFC 200 title unification bout with Cormier just three days before showtime for a failed drug test.
Jones’ 12-month ban for taking a tainted “dick pill” will be lifted July 6.
While we’re discussing getting stripped, the UFC originally took away Jones’ light heavyweight belt following a felony hit-and-run arrest in 2015. It was the latest in a long list legal blunders for Jones.
From a DWI arrest, to cocaine, to admitted marijuana addiction, to a hit-and-run arrest, to a flunked drug test, Jones just can’t seem to get out of his own way. As riveting as he is inside the cage, he’s equally as reckless outside of it.
Cormier claimed Jones’ vacated gold by submitting Anthony Johnson two years ago. He then successfully defended it against Alexander Gustafsson in his next outing. A meaningless win over Anderson Silva came after that.
Cormier is fresh off tapping out Johnson again in April.
It is unknown if the bitter rivals will headline the card. UFC president Dana White previously professed he would never again grant the untrustworthy Jones top billing.
Jones posted an easy decision win over Cormier in their initial encounter in January 2015.
They hated each other before that fight, and the beef is still burning white hot. Here’s the altercation they had behind the curtain just minutes before today’s announcement:
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