Sorry, Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz fans: UFC 200 officially has a new main event.
UFC President Dana White revealed on Wednesday’s “Good Morning America” that Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier will headline July 9’s Las Vegas event.
McGregor, who was initially pegged to rematch Diaz on the bill, was removed from the card for not participating in promotion of the event at a press conference in Las Vegas last week. The Irishman’s decision to skip the festivities proved to be costly.
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Jones (22-1) and Cormier (17-1) first met in January of 2015, with “Bones” taking a unanimous decision. He was then stripped of the belt after being charged in an alleged hit and run incident in New Mexico.
Cormier went on to win the vacant title with a third-round submission of Anthony Johnson. The crown was successfully defended last October when the champion outpointed Alexander Gustafsson via split decision.
Jones, 28, returned from the long layoff last weekend and handedly defeated Ovince St. Preux at UFC 197, claiming the promotion’s interim 205-pound title. On July 9, the titles will be unified.