Ariel Helwani is reporting for MMA Fighting that Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones 2 targeted for UFC 214 on July 29, 2017 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. A fight between Cormier and Jimi Manuwa was considered, but ultimately rejected in favor of what is sure to be a far more lucrative fight.
This will be the fifth time the UFC attempted to make the fight. Jones withdrew from the first scheduled fight in 2014, due to a knee injury. In 2015 the pair fought, with Jones successfully defending his belt. In 2016 it was Cormier who withdrew with a leg injury. And there was the fiasco at UFC 200.
In a strange twist, UFC president Dana White said on Wednesday during an appearance on The Herd that the next Jones fight will not be the main event.
“That’s a huge problem right now and that’s why I said he won’t headline a card,” said White as transcribed by FOX Sports. “It will be a co-main event. He will not be the main event…until he builds back the trust of the consumers and me.”
White’s stance is due to Jones history of unfortunate out of competition failings, most recently his removal from UFC 200 when he failed an anti-doping test.