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UFC 178: Jones vs. Cormier fight card shaping up

A look at the highly promising UFC 178 in Las Vegas on September 27th, where Jon Jones fights Daniel Cormier for the light heavyweight title.

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The last time the UFC tried putting Jon Jones in a Las Vegas main event in September, UFC 151 was canceled. Not just because Jon Jones didn't want to fight Chael Sonnen on a few day notice, but because the rest of the PPV was utterly devoid of names and relevant top 10 fights. I don't think they'll have a problem with that this time around, because it's looking like a fantastic PPV offering.

While fans were looking forward to Jon Jones/Alexander Gustafsson part 2, Gustafsson is out with a knee injury and has since been replaced by Daniel Cormier. Meanwhile, Irish featherweight talent Conor McGregor heads to PPV for the first time to take on top 10 ranked Dustin Poirier. Dominick Cruz returns to action after almost a 3 year layoff to fight Takeya Mizugaki, while Tim Kennedy meets Yoel Romero in a pivotal middleweight match-up. Oh, and the UFC plans a "massive fight announcement" for this show, so none of the fights I've mentioned is the co-main event.

Here's a look at the current card, which doesn't have an official bout order yet:

Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier
Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier
Jorge Masvidal vs. Bobby Green
Takeya Mizugaki vs. Dominick Cruz
Tim Kennedy vs. Yoel Romero
Cat Zingano vs. Amanda Nunes
Patrick Cote vs. Stephen Thompson
John Howard vs. Brian Ebersole

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