It appears that UFC will be willing to give former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones a chance to regain the title once he returns from suspension this summer.
UFC president Dana White told ESPN.com in an interview on Monday that he is open to booking a rematch between Jones (22-1) and Daniel Cormier (19-1), the current defending champion, at UFC 214 if Jones is interested in the fight. The event will take place in Anaheim, CA on July 29. Jones is currently serving a suspension for a failed drug test, and the suspension will be over during the first week of July.
If Jones is interested in a tune-up fight or wants additional time to prepare, White is planning to book Cormier against Jimi Manuwa (17-2), possibly at UFC 213 in Las Vegas on July 8. White said, “Cormier is available to fight on July 8, but that time frame doesn’t work for Jon Jones. Cormier already told me he’s willing to fight either Jones or Manuwa. If Jon Jones is ready to fight (by UFC 214) on July 29, we’ll see the Jones vs. Cormier rematch, finally.”
If indeed Cormier vs. Jones becomes official for UFC 214, it more than likely will not headline the card. White has publicly said that he will not trust Jones in a headlining fight for his first bout back from suspension.