UFC 200 will air on July 9, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada and what way to bring another major fight to Sin City than the second fight between current Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones for the Light Heavyweight Title as the headliner.
In Jones and Cormier’s first fight at UFC 182, Jones defeated Cormier via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46) in what was considered to be one of the greatest light heavyweight fights ever to take place inside the octagon. Then about a month before Jones’ next title defense scheduled against Anthony Johnson at UFC 187, Jones was involved in a hit-and-run incident causing him to be stripped of the Light Heavyweight Title and suspended indefinitely. Cormier was then put in as Jones’ replacement where he would come out victorious and be crowned the new Light Heavyweight Champion and go on to have one successful title defense in a five round war against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 192.
Then in October of 2015 Jones was reinstated into the UFC and fans jumped out of their socks as they knew an immediate rematch between the two former foes would take place soon.
Though they were originally scheduled to face each other at UFC 197, Cormier was forced to pull from the fight citing in an injury and would be replaced by Ovince Saint Preux, which would become an interim title fight, where Jones would go one to win in a unanimous decision (50-44, 50-45, 50-45).
With the rematch now scheduled to headline UFC 200, which is also expected to be the biggest event in UFC history, has many fans on high ends that Jones will come out victorious. But one cannot forget that between his time of leave from the company, Cormier has had two great fights under his belt that have helped him boost his performance and become that much more of top fighter in the light heavyweight division.
With that said it becomes more of a mystery if Jones will regain the title or if his days as champion have come to an end.
Jones will indeed be the favorite in the rematch, but with him being out for almost a year and a kind of rusty performance in his return at UFC 197, will have some people wondering if that will show an effect on his performance in this fight. In order to continue to be at the top of the leader board you must continue to train and compete. Jones has trained hard, but if he fights the way he did against Saint Preux it appears Jones might not regain the belt back and will for once accept a true defeat inside the octagon against the man he rivals more than any other opponent he ever faced in his career.
Though unlike most of the UFC roster, Jones is unlike any as he shows some of the best athleticism and great game plans in his fights that have lead him to an impressive record along with great matchups and performances most fighters would dream of having in their careers.
For that it looks as if Jones will indeed regain back UFC gold and reclaim his place as the best fighter in the world and reopen the possible super fights between Cain Velasquez, Fabricio Werdum, Luke Rockhold, Chris Weidman, Anderson Silva and many others that are dying to take on the current pound-for-pound king.
But in order to do so, Jones will have to continue to train like a beast and when the fight actually takes place; he must keep his mind on the fight and not lose his guard at any time. If he does then he can kiss the title good bye and all his chances of proving to the world why he is the best ever in the sport of mixed-martial arts, thus reclaiming his spot as the face of the UFC.