With the whole Conor McGregor fiasco now behind us, the question of who exactly would headline UFC 200 in his place has become a somewhat pressing matter for The Baldfather and company. We may still be some three months out from UFC 200, but when discussing the reasons why McGregor was pulled from the event, Dana White was adamant that the promotion’s 10 million dollar promotional schedule had absolutely zero room for leeway. By that logic, the UFC would need to announce a new main event ASAP or risk eating that $10 million.
When it came down to it, there was only one non-McGregor fight worthy of headlining an event as monumental as UFC 200: Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier II. The former was fresh off a win over Ovince St. Preux last weekend and the latter still hates him with the fire of a thousand suns (not to mention, has his belt), but with Jones potentially out six months due to a foot injury, it seemed like the UFC would once again have to scramble to find a suitable main event.
Thankfully, it has, and it’s exactly the fight you think it is.
Appearing on Good Morning America earlier today alongside Paige VanZant, Frankie Edgar, Chuck Liddell, and Miesha Tate, White announced that Jones and Cormier would in fact be facing off against one another in the main event of UFC 200 in July.
Also, this happened…
— Good Morning America (@GMA) April 27, 2016
Like we said, this is basically the only fight that made sense to top off what is already an insanely stacked card, and now it’s got that classic “interim vs. real champ who is actually the interim champ” angle to it. All the UFC has to do is highlight Jones’ somewhat underwhelming performance at UFC 197, play the clip of him and Cormier brawling at the UFC 178 press conference on loop, and you’ve got yourself a promo package that costs way less than $10 million. Seriously, I can do this job on the cheap, Dana! I am loyal to nothing but $$$$!!!
Whew, that got out of hand fast. But with the world ready to revoke Jon Jones “Pound-for-Pound King” status following his performance at UFC 197, who do you like to win this thing this time around?