The uncertainty that seems to be following the main event of UFC 197 may finally be giving way to stability.
After the card’s main event was put in jeopardy by Jon Jones spending two nights in jail due to a traffic infraction that violated his probation in the state of New Mexico, it appeared that the scheduled bout with Daniel Cormier for the UFC Light Heavyweight championship would not have to be rescheduled. However, it was announced Friday night that the champ suffered an injury during training and the fight was scrapped for the time being.
This led to many to question whether Jones would accept a short notice replacement or if he would even remain on the card at all. Fortunately, the former champion posted a clip on instragram revealing his intentions to fight on April 23rd, citing his absence form the cage for 15 months as a primary motivator.
It’s still yet to be determined who Jones will face or what division the new bout will take place in, but at least we now know that “Bones” will still be participating in the event.
Denise White, Jones’ PR manager, reported that Anthony “Rumble” Johnson will replace Daniel Cormier and fight Jones on April 23rd. This has yet to be be confirmed, however, and White may have reported the news prematurely. Brett Okamoto is reporting that no contracts are in place yet.