By Christopher Frangolini
UFC President Dana White announced Wednesday on Twitter that Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones will headline UFC 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas replacing the Conor McGregor-Nate Diaz rematch.
BREAKING: Dana White announces that Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones will headline UFC 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas. pic.twitter.com/uG6ntHyVq7
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 27, 2016
This comes a little over a week after Conor McGregor tweeted out that he was going to “retire young.”
I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya’s later.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016
McGregor was originally set to fight Nate Diaz in a rematch from UFC 196, where Diaz defeated McGregor in the second round with a rear naked-choke.
White removed McGregor off the card after he failed to show up to do promotions for the event. McGregor has since said he is not retiring and that he wants to fight at UFC 200.
“Conor’s his own guy, he’s going to do what he’s going to do but he’s not fighting on [UFC] 200,” White said. “Listen, he’ll fight on 201, 202, 203, whatever, I don’t know when, but we’ll get it figured out.”
Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier will unify the light heavyweight belt. Jones and Cormier were supposed to fight at UFC 197 this past weekend, but a late injury forced Cormier to pull out of the fight.
Jones, returning from a 15-month layoff defeated Ovince Saint Preux in a unanimous decision for the interim title.
Other fights on the card include Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar and Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes.