Former champions Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar will rematch at UFC 200 with the promotion’s interim featherweight title on the line.

The winner will then face reigning champion Conor McGregor, who will rematch Nate Diaz in the event’s main event, at a later date for the undisputed title.

The bout was announced on Wednesday’s edition of UFC Tonight.

Aldo (25-2) had reigned atop the 145-pound division for six years before seeing 10-year undefeated streak come to an abrupt end at the hands of a 13-second knockout to Conor McGregor at UFC 194 in December. The Brazilian earned a decision over Edgar in their initial meeting at UFC 156 in February 2013. Both men earned Fight of the Night for their efforts.

Aldo currently the record for the most successful title defenses in UFC featherweight history (7).

Edgar (20-4-1), a former UFC lightweight champion, is coming off a blistering first round knockout over former three time title contender Chad Mendes in December. This extended his win streak to five straight, which also includes stoppages over Cub Swanson and B.J. Penn.

UFC 200 will take place at Las Vegas’s new T-Mobile Arena on July 9. The event will be the culmination of the UFC’s 2016 International Fight Week.

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