Former UFC light heavyweight champion and heated rival to reigning title holder Daniel Cormier, Jon Jones is now set to make his massive octagon return. With that in mind, it would appear that D.C. will consequently be stripped of his light heavyweight belt.
Jon Jones first failed a drug test back at UFC 200, causing the former champion to pull out of his fight against Daniel Cormier. Following a year-long suspension, Jones returned to the octagon in a fight against D.C. at UFC 214.
However, once again, Jon Jones failed a drug test. This time around, the former champion was dealt a 15-month suspension. Jones will be eligible to compete on Oct. 28, 2018.
It has since been reported that Jon Jones will be making his octagon return against Alexander Gustafsson for an exciting rematch at UFC 232. The event will take place on Dec. 29 in Las Vegas, Nev. The event will be featured live on pay-per-view.
ESPN’s Ariel Helwani has since reported that Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson will be fighting for the UFC light heavyweight title. Consequently, two-division UFC champion Daniel Cormier will be stripped of his light heavyweight belt as soon as the first punch is thrown for the Jones vs. Gustafsson match up.
Meanwhile, Daniel Cormier will fight Derrick Lewis to defend his UFC heavyweight title at UFC 230 on Nov. 3. The event will take place live on pay-per-view in New York.