UFC President Dana White said he's prepared to schedule Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 on July 29 if the suspended Jones is ready to fight on that date, ESPN.com's Brett Okamoto reported Monday.
Jones is serving his yearlong suspension for failing a drug test before he was set to take on Cormier at UFC 200 last July. The 29-year-old will be eligible to fight again beginning July 7.
A rematch between Jones and Cormier is one of the most highly anticipated bouts in UFC, and as FloCombat's Duane Finley alluded to, it's sorely needed for the light heavyweight division:
The hype train is already starting up despite the fact the two haven't officially signed on to fight. Cormier and Jones went back and forth on Twitter beginning last Thursday and carrying on through to Saturday (Warning: tweets contain NSFW language):
Since UFC 214 comes relatively shortly after Jones returns from suspension, White said he already has a contingency plan in mind, per Okamoto. Cormier would face Jimi Manuwa—likely at UFC 213 on July 8—and Jones would have a warmup fight before taking on the light heavyweight champion at a later date.
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