Jones Will Likely Square Off Against Daniel Cormier in Early 2016

Published on October 23rd, 2015 10:01 pm EST

Earlier today, the UFC surprised absolutely no one by electing to reinstate former Light Heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones. With Jones now having cleared up his legal troubles, the former champion is free to begin training for his return fight with the promotion.

The last time that we saw Jones in the Octagon was in early 2015 when he defeated Daniel Cormier via unanimous decision at UFC 182. After that fight took place, Jon Jones was involved in a hit-and-run accident in New Mexico that ended up landing him in hot water with the law. Fortunately for Jones, the pregnant lady that was hurt in the crash wasn't severely injured, which resulted in Jones receiving probation instead of a lengthy jail sentence.

At the time of Jones' legal issues, the UFC elected to suspend and strip the former champion of his title. Daniel Cormier would end up beating Anthony "Rumble" Johnson to win the vacant title, and would follow this win up with a victory over Alexander Gustafsson.

While Ryan Bader has been campaigning for a title shot, the UFC will almost certainly throw Jon Jones right back into a title fight. After all, he is one of the greatest fighters in the history of the UFC and certainly does not need to prove himself by winning a warm-up fight.

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Daniel Cormier, after fighting three times in 2015, has said that he is going to be taking some time off before he starts training again.

With Jon Jones having been on the sidelines for nearly a year, and with Cormier requesting some time off, you may see the two men step into the Octagon at the promotion's big Memorial Day card in May. With Jones returning to the UFC, and considering the history between the two men, Jones/Cormier II should end up being one of the biggest fights in the history of the UFC.


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