Written by @NickRiznerMMA
Jon Jones has been reinstated by the UFC, and it’s time to talk business.
Cormier, who has been taking some personal time since his hard fought win over Alexander Gustafsson on October 3, announced on UFC Tonight that he plans on flying to Vegas tomorrow to discuss details with the big bosses.
Those details include whether Jon Jones is, indeed, his next opponent, when his next title defense will take place, and which venue will play host to the bout.
The thought is that Jones will be scheduled for an immediate rematch with Daniel Cormier, as he never truly lost the light heavyweight belt and remains at the top of the pound-for-pound list.
The most interesting questions, however, are when and where. Obviously Vegas is always an option. A brand new stadium is being constructed to host UFC 200 on July 9th. The UFC will be looking to stack this milestone card, and it doesn’t get much bigger than Jones vs. Cormier.
There’s also Madison Square Garden. For years, NYC has eluded the UFC, maintaining that professional MMA is to remain illegal in the state of New York. The decision, based mostly on political stubbornness, may finally be overturned this year, and the UFC has booked the venue for April 23rd, just in case. In addition to being one of the biggest draws in MMA history, Jones is a native New Yorker and will likely control the hometown crowd. As a result, Cormier has shown some resistance to the idea of fighting in New York, but has indicated that if the UFC wants to do it, he’ll oblige.
Wherever it takes place, there’ll be no shortage of story lines. We’ll keep you posted as the story develops.Check out our latest podcast episode featuring Adam Milstead & Dinis "Sweetbread" Paiva