Well it was just a matter of time.
After Jon Jones defeated Ovince Saint Preux last Saturday at UFC 197 to win the Interim UFC Light Heavyweight championship, many fans and media believed that the grudge match between the division’s best rivals would finally come to fruition, and at the years grandest spectacle.
Sure enough, that seems to be the case as FloCombat.com has reported that the rematch over a year in the making will indeed take place at the summer event. Soon after the matchup was official after an announcement made on Good Morning America Wednesday Morning.
The two men were set to meet oat UFC 197 last Saturday. However Cormier pulled from the bout citing an injury and was replaced by “OSP” on three weeks notice also changing the bout to an Interim title fight.
This is the second main event set in place for the historic event after Conor McGregor was controversially removed from the headlining spot opposite Nate Diaz in a rematch of their UFC 196 Welterweight bout which saw Diaz pull off the massive upset in a second round submission victory. UFC President Dana White cited McGregor’s unwillingness to participate in promoting the card as the reasoning for the bout being scratched.
It is not yet confirmed if Nate Diaz will also be pulled from the card although at a press conference last week, Diaz stated that if he wasn’t fighting McGregor, then he would be “taking a vacation.
UFC 200 takes place July 9th at the newly built T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.