UFC president Dana White revealed that the rematch between light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and Jon “Bones” Jones could happen at UFC 214 on July 29. However, if Jones is not available and needs more preparation, the UFC will give Jimi Manuwa the chance to fight for the title.
“Cormier is available to fight on July 8, but that time-frame doesn’t work for Jon Jones,” White said. “Cormier already told me he’s willing to fight either Jones or (Jimi) Manuwa. If Jon Jones is ready to fight (by UFC 214) on July 29, we’ll see the Jones versus Cormier rematch finally.”
UFC 214: Daniel Cormier vs Jon Jones 2
At UFC 206, Daniel Cormier succeeded in his second title defense after defeating Anthony Johnson via rear-naked choke. Since then, the name of former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones emerged as Cormier’s next opponent. “Bones” is the only fighter who managed to stain Cormier’s MMA record.
Cormier had the opportunity to avenge his loss at UFC 200. Unfortunately, Jones was pulled out from the fight after a potential doping violation. As of now, the former champ is still serving a one-year suspension. He won’t be allowed to fight until the first week of July.
However, with White’s statement, it seems like the UFC is willing to give him an immediate title shot upon his return. After Cormier defeated Johnson, Jones took a shot at the reigning light heavyweight champ for his weigh-in controversy. “Bones” also encouraged Cormier to enjoy his last moments holding the belt.
White is willing to schedule the rematch between Cormier and Johnson at UFC 214. However, as of now, Jones hasn’t given any statement regarding the fight. If he isn’t available to fight in July, the UFC may consider finding another opponent for Cormier’s next title defense.
Jimi Manuwa vs Daniel Cormier fight happening if Jones isn’t available
If Jones needs more time to prepare for the rematch, the UFC will give British contender Jimi Manuwa the opportunity to fight Daniel Cormier for the title. The bout is expected to happen at UFC 213 on July 8 in Las Vegas.
“Jimi wants Cormier,” White said. “They got into it at UFC 210 [earlier this month] and Jimi told me he’s never been talked to like that before. We’ll see how this plays out.”
Recently, Cormier and Manuwa exchanged shot on Twitter to fire up their potential bout. The reigning UFC light heavyweight champ vowed to knock Manuwa out, saying that he won’t even last at least one round.
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