If you haven't heard, Conor McGregor has decided he wants to do a lot less press. So much so that he failed to show up to promote his rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 200. His failure to appear ultimately got him (and Diaz) kicked off the card.
With as big as the historic UFC 200 is going to be, the UFC was going to need a fight equal to the caliber of McGregor-Diaz II. That's where Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier come in.
The pair were supposed to fight last month at UFC 197 but Cormier had to withdraw from the fight due to a severe leg injury. Jones ended up facing Ovince Saint Preux in an interim title bout where he won by decision. Some say Jones' performance against OSP was a bit sloppy, but a win IS a win. Now, with Cormier's leg healed, the pair are stepping in for McGregor and Diaz to headline UFC 200.
Jones couldn't be happier. He recently took to his Instagram account to post a video of himself working on a commercial shoot to help promote UFC 200. The shoot was a 10-hour day and the time spent away from training didn't seem to phase Jones at all. Quite the opposite, actually, as Jones used his post to thank McGregor for getting pulled from the card, leaving room for he and Cormier.
Jones and Cormier will face off for the unified light heavyweight championship as the headlining event of UFC 200 on July 9 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Their fight is one of three title fights, including Miesha Tate's first women's bantamweight title defense against No. 4 contender Amanda Nunes.