With 2017 off to a mega-star absent start, it’s good to hear that the UFC is targeting a date for the highly anticipated return of Jon “Bones” Jones.
And while the UFC has yet to make the bout official, MMA guru Ariel Helwani is saying the bout is pretty much a lock for the July 29 card in Anaheim.
Here’s a snip from Ariel’s report [via mmafighting.com]:
According to multiple sources, the promotion is officially targeting Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones 2 at UFC 214 on July 29 in Anaheim, Calif.
Following Cormier’s win over Anthony Johnson at UFC 210 in Buffalo, N.Y. earlier this month, there was some consideration given to booking Jimi Manuwa vs. Cormier for the UFC light heavyweight title next. But in the end, all parties involved decided Cormier vs. Jones 2 was the fight to make.
Since losing to Jones, Cormier has won four fights in a row and became the light heavyweight champion after Jones was stripped of the belt in May 2015 due to his involvement in a hit-and-run accident.
This marks the fifth time the UFC has attempted to book this fight. Jones pulled out of the first attempt due to a knee injury in 2014, they fought in 2015, Cormier withdraw in 2016 due to a leg injury, and Jones was ruled out of the last attempt prior to UFC 200 when he was pulled by USADA…