It’s official. As confirmed on Wednesday’s edition of Good Morning America, the light heavyweight championship rematch between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier will feature as the new main event for UFC 200. The blockbuster pay-per-view, which was originally scheduled to host a welterweight rematch between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor, will mark the UFC’s debut show at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
It didn’t take long for Cormier to celebrate the news on Instagram, posting the official poster and mocking ‘Bones’ in the process.
A photo posted by Daniel “DC” Cormier (@dc_mma) on Apr 27, 2016 at 6:03am PDT
“Yesssss! Let’s go. I’ve been wanting this. @ufc 100. I hadn’t decided to even fight yet. Now I’m defending my belt at biggest event in history. After what I saw last weekend. This will be light work. #bumjones #andstill @jonnybones you suck!”
‘DC’, who seized the vacant 205-pound title last year, joined Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg in the commentary booth for UFC 197’s main event between Jon Jones and Ovince Saint Preux. The former Olympian was surprisingly complimentary of his rival during the fight and remained neutral when assessing the action.
Despite this, ‘Bones’ flipped Cormier off after cruising to a unanimous decision win over OSP to take home the interim LHW championship.
Both men have a rivalry dating back to 2014, when the two were first booked to fight at UFC 182. It was Jones who emerged victorious, outmatching Cormier for five rounds to take home a clear-cut decision win and defending his title for 8th time.
Jones vs. Cormier II will headline UFC 200 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 9.