The UFC had a mega press conference called the “Summer Kick Off Press Conference”, where they announced some marquee fights for upcoming fights.
The biggest fight to be announced is the rematch between current UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, and former light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones. The two fighters are set to meet each other at UFC 214 on July 29th in Anaheim, California.
Cormier and Jones fought at UFC 182 in January of 2015 with Jones winning by unanimous decision. At that time, Jones was the champion, however, he was stripped of the title three months later after being arrested after a hit and run incident. Cormier would win the vacant title by beating Anthony Johnson. Cormier and Jones were scheduled to face each other at UFC 200 but Jones was removed from the card just three days before due to a USADA violation.
The UFC also announced that former UFC middleweight champion, Chris Weidman will attempt to end his three fight losing streak when he takes on former Ultimate Fighter winner, Kelvin Gastelum. The two fighters will face each other on July 22 as the main event of UFC on Fox 25 in Long Island, New York. Weidman is coming off an extremely controversial loss to Gegard Mousasi at UFC 210. Gastelum would be on a three fight winning streak, but his last win was overturned due to testing positive for marijuana. He was scheduled to face Anderson Silva at UFC 212 but was removed from the contest due to the positive test.
The UFC also announced that former WSOF champion, Justin Gaethje will make his UFC debut when he takes on Michael Johnson as the main event of The Ultimate Fighter season 25 finale on July 7th in Las Vegas. Gaethje will attempt to keep his record perfect, while Johnson will attempt to rebound from his UFC 205 loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Lastly, the UFC announced that the bantamweight title fight between Cody Garbrandt and TJ Dillashaw will be the main event of UFC 213. It was originally expecting to be the co-main event.