With Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz II officially no-go, the UFC has booked the title-unification bout between reigning light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and former champion Jon Jones for the main event of UFC 200.

The news was broken during Wednesday morning’s edition of Good Morning America.

“UFC 200 has been, interesting to say the least, putting this thing together,” said UFC president Dana White. “There’s been some crazy things that have gone on. Some ups and downs. Jon Jones just fought on Saturday night and won his fight against OSP. He’s been out for 15 months, and now he’s back, and he wants his light heavyweight UFC title back. So the main event will be Daniel Cormier versus Jon Jones.”

 Jones (22-1) most recently won the UFC’s interim light heavyweight title with a lackluster decision win over Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 197 this past Saturday. This marked his first appearance inside the Octagon since defending his belt with a unanimous decision over Cormier in their initial matchup at UFC 182.

He was scheduled to put his title on the line against Anthony Johnson at UFC 187. But as a result of Jones’ role in the hit-and-run case, the UFC striped him of his title and suspended him indefinitely. Cormier would eventually be named the replacement and go on to win the light heavyweight title with a fourth round submission over Johnson.

(16-1), the 2008 U.S. Olympic wrestling captain, would later defend his 205-pound title with a hard fought decision over Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 191 in October.

Cormier and Jones were then scheduled to rematch at UFC 197 before an injured foot forced Cormier out, forcing the UFC to book Saint Preux in his place.

UFC 200 will take place at Las Vegas’s new T-Mobile Arena on July 11. The event will be the culmination of the UFC’s 2016 International Fight Week. A women’s bantamweight title fight between Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes as well as an interim featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar will also appear on the card.

Here is how the rest of the card is shaping up:

 

 (c) – champion

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