Jones to face Cormier at UFC 197

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Jon Jones has been given the opportunity to win back his light heavyweight title with confirmation that he will face champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 197 on April 23 in Las Vegas.

In April last year, Jones was stripped of the title he had defended against Cormier at UFC 182 after he was arrested on hit and run charges in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The 28-year-old was subsequently suspended indefinitely by the UFC, and was forced to watch on as Cormier was named the new light heavyweight champion after he beat Anthony Johnson via a third-round submission at UFC 187 in a fight for the vacant title.

Jones was reinstated by the UFC in October and it has now been confirmed that he will receive an immediate title shot. 

Cormier has only fought once more since his bout with Jones, when he successfully defended his title after triumphing over Alexander Gustafsson via split decision at UFC 192 in October last year. 

Meanwhile, it has also been confirmed that flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson will face Henry Cejudo in the co-main event at UFC 197.

Johnson’s most recent fight was a unanimous decision win over John Dodson at UFC 191 in September, while Cejudo has yet to be handed his first UFC loss after four fights.