Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is set to fill in for Jon Jones against light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 this weekend, according to multiple reports. Brazilian outlet Combate's initial report from early Thursday was followed by a report by TMZ Sports on Thursday night. MMAFighting.com has also confirmed the news.
It should be noted, however, that UFC president Dana White denied that Cormier vs. Silva was official, and that they were still in discussions with a handful of fighters.
Jones was pulled from the UFC 200 main event earlier this week after it was revealed he failed an out-of-competition drug test administrated by USADA, the UFC's third-party anti-doping partner.
Silva is coming off a unanimous decision loss to current middleweight titleholder Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night 82 this past February. The Bisping fight was Silva's return after failing a drug test following his UFC 183 victory over Nick Diaz last year.
Cormier captured the belt after Jones was stripped last year with a third-round submission win over Anthony Johnson in the main event of UFC 187 in May 2015. Since then, he successfully defended the 205-pound belt for the first time against Alexander Gustafsson.
Cormier vs. Silva will be a three-round, non-title fight and is set for the UFC 200 main card.
UFC 200 is headlined by Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes and takes place live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas this Saturday, July 9.