Ever since Jon Jones’ hit-and-run incident that took place in April of 2015 that caused the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion to be stripped of his title and suspended indefinitely the UFC has been looking for a new face of the company and for a while Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor were those new faces until they both had suffered their first powerful and emotional loss inside the octagon.
Now that both these superstars no longer hold their undefeated UFC record, their stardom looks to be on a declining path. The UFC will need a new face to help promote the company and bring in more casual fans who can get into the sport of mixed-martial arts.
With that being said the UFC looks to place the former Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones back into the seat after he was reinstated to the company just five months after being suspended indefinitely.
Upon his return fans have been anxiously awaiting him to compete in the octagon once again and upon his return he will face the current champion and arch rival Daniel Cormier, who he previously faced and defeated at UFC 182 in a dominating performance that ended in a unanimous decision win (49-46, 49-46, 49-46).
With the rematch approaching it could very well place Jones back into stardom and once again be labeled as the face of the UFC as he looks to regain his title belt and hold onto the number one pound-for-pound spot. In order to do so he will have to defeat Daniel Cormier who since their last meeting has fought two great fights, which have improved his game and possibly make the rematch more of a war.
Leading up to the rematch both these rivals have been bringing the trash talk and fans to their feet as they both plan to make a statement at UFC 197 where they will face each other once again. It has been more than a year since Jones has competed. Some pundits are worried about his performance in the rematch that Jones might not bring the same level of performance as he did the first go around and thus cause him to not stand a fighting chance at all in this fight.
With Jones being out of action for more than a year just might give Cormier the chance to finally defeat Jones and take his pound-for-pound crown away for good. However, since Jones does not have a belt there is a great chance he will be far more aggressive in this fight and dangerous making Cormier focus much more on defense and thus walk away with UFC gold and reclaim his status as the face of the company.
No matter what, this fight is going to be the rematch of the decade and could be the fight to become ‘Fight of the Year’.