It’s now official, as Daniel Cormier will defend his light heavyweight title against former champion Jon Jones on April 23.
Set for the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the main event will be the first fight for Jones since last year when he successfully defended his title with a decision win over Cormier. The fight will be accompanied by Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo for the flyweight title.
In the following days, Jones (21-1) was suspended and stripped of the belt after a hit-and-run incident in New Mexico. He was cleared to return late last year, but officials held off on getting him back inside the Octagon until the “DC” bout could be made.
Cormier (17-1) won the title with a submission win over Anthony Johnson and defended it vs. Alexander Gustafsson late in 2015. The Jones loss is the lone defeat in his career that includes capturing the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix.
Johnson (23-2-1) has scored seven consecutive title defenses, while Cejudo (10-0) is a perfect 4-0 with the UFC and is a former U.S. Olympic gold medalist.
Both bouts were made official during UFC Fight Night 82 Saturday night.