It was an interesting situation this past weekend regarding the UFC’s light heavyweight division.
While Anthony Johnson was laying waste to Ryan Bader and cementing his status as a top contender at UFC on FOX 18, current champion Daniel Cormier sat closely by, working the desk as an analysis.
And former division kingpin Jon Jones remained at hot topic himself despite not being anywhere near New Jersey.
So what happens now? UFC executive Dave Sholler tried his best to clear everything up.
“We expect to have an announcement in the next couple of days,” Sholler said during the post-fight press conference. “Things are shaking out. I think you guys are going to be pleased with the outcome.”
Originally, Cormier-Jones seemed destined for the first-ever UFC event in New York City, but hopes of getting the sport legalized in time for that fell by the wayside recently. Instead, the rematch could happen anytime between now and summer. The two highly-regarded fighters were involved in an impromptu brawl while promoting their first bout, along with several intense interactions thereafter.
Last year, Jones (21-1) handed Cormier (17-1) his first and only career defeat, defending his title and improving to 15-1 inside the Octagon. Shortly after, “Bones” was involved in a hit-and-run that led to his UFC suspension and subsequently being stripped of the title.
Cormier, a former U.S. Olympic wrestler and winner of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, went on to defeat Johnson (21-5) to become the champion. He has since defended the title against Alexander Gustafsson.
As for “Rumble,” Sholler, the UFC’s vice president of public relations, stated the company will “get back to (Las) Vegas and huddle on this” to keep Johnson active.