Jon Jones wants to get his title back.
The former light heavyweight champion will have his shot at regaining his title at UFC 197 on April 23 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. In an article published in MMA Mania, Jon Anik made the confirmation of the match which has already been in the works since Jones was reinstated by the UFC.
The Jones – Cormier match will serve as the main event for UFC 197. Meanwhile, the co-main event will have flyweight champion Demetrius Johnson putting his title on the line against undefeated challenger Henry Cejudo. This will be Johnson’s eight title defense since sliding to 125 pounds where he is seemingly unstoppable.
It is worth noting that Jon Jones did not lose his title on the Octagon. He was stripped of the belt and suspended by the UFC for fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run accident in Albuquerque, New Mexico in April 2015. He was then reinstated by the UFC in September.
Daniel Cormier won the vacant title when he won over Anthony Johnson via a third round guillotine choke in UFC 187. He then successfully defended his title with a five-round unanimous decision win over Alexander Gustafsson in UFC 192 in October. Cormier has only 1 loss courtesy of Jon Jones.
In their first meeting, Jones defeated Cormier via unanimous decision in UFC 182. He has the distinction of having an asterisk after his lone loss, a disqualification to Matt Hamill via 12 – 6 elbows in a mounted position in a fight he had already won.
Meanwhile, Jessica Aguilar has pulled out of her scheduled strawweight fight against Juliana Lima in UFC 197. Aguilar suffered an ACL injury and is scheduled for surgery Tuesday.
The other fights in the UFC 197 card will have a lightweight bout between Anthony Petis and Edson Barboza, a middleweight fight between Robert Whitaker and Rafael Natal and a featherweight bout between Yair Rodriguez and Andre Fili.
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