Officials have stood firm on not giving back Conor McGregor's slot at UFC 200, and they've finally settled on a new main event for the landmark show. Daniel Cormier has now been booked to rematch Jon Jones as the new headliner for the July 9 card, and earlier concerns about both men's injury status seems to have been ironed out.
News of the light heavyweight title unification has been announced on Wednesday's edition of Good Morning America, with photos and news also leaking over on social media minutes prior. Both headliners were in the GMA studios, along with Dana White, Bruce Buffer, and other fighters such as Miesha Tate, Frankie Edgar, Paige VanZant and Chuck Liddell.
Cormier and Jones were originally set to rematch at UFC 197 this past weekend, until DC had to pull out due to injury. Jones defeated late replacement Ovince Saint Preux for the interim title instead, in a somewhat lackluster return for the pound-for-pound king.
While some people attribute the performance to 'ring rust' after sitting out over a year, Greg Jackson was overheard saying Jones' powerlifting is to blame for tiring more than usual. It's something Cormier believes to be the case as well, stating that this bigger and slower version of Jones is the fighter we will be seeing moving forward.
Will that be the case when they rematch? I guess we'll find out soon enough.