Daniel Cormier Pulled for Title Shot, UFC New Orleans Headliner Unresolved

April 29, 2015
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The shoe dropped Tuesday night with UFC officials not only handing Jon Jones and indefinite suspension, but also stripping him of the light heavyweight championship.

With Jones without a belt and out of the UFC 187 main event, company president Dana White announced that his original opponent, Anthony Johnson, would instead fight Daniel Cormier. The two 205-pound contenders will battle for the belt that Jones is being forced to relinquish following his involvement in a hit-and-run car accident in Albuquerque, N.M. on Sunday. Jones has been charged with a felony count of Knowingly Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Bodily Harm or Death.

RELATED > Jon Jones Stripped of UFC Title, Suspended Indefinitely

Ryan-Bader-UFC-136-220 750Cormier had been slated to fight Ryan Bader in the UFC Fight Night 68 main event on June 6 in New Orleans.

With the former Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner now fighting for the light heavyweight belt at UFC 187, the New Orleans event has a gaping hole at the top of the fight card.

As of the time of the Jon Jones suspension announcement, the UFC was not ready to fill the hole.

A UFC official told MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday night, “No decision has been made at this time regarding a new main event for the June 6 card in New Orleans.”

Of course, all of the attention is currently on the Jones situation, but MMAWeekly.com will keep you posted as information becomes available about the new UFC Fight Night 68 main event.

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  • TRT-rex

    It’s gonna be rampage or raahad.

    • sheep2012

      Don’t wanna see bader holding rampage down again. Having said that, it’s rampage’s responsibility to work on his takedown defense.

  • Gerber

    OSP steps up for a quick rematch with Bader… I’m hoping haha

    • Ernie Breault

      lol for another easy fight(loss)

      • Gerber

        OSP looked great with his TDD against Cummins so why test it again

  • KJK

    So this seems appropriate….Is it safe to assume the fight between AJ and DC is for the actual title or are they gonna pull some interim crap and see how the Joker Jones situation plays out?

    • shakejunt

      already stripped and no longer listed as champ

  • shakejunt

    osp makes the most sense. i’m not sure manuwa would be cleared in time, nor rashad ready in time, but rampage as a fallback would be acceptable.

  • Timothy Malone

    Annnnd the UFC is too dumb to do a Grand Prix and we are left with a much less exciting title fight. I understand why tournaments don’t work well but as a one-time thing they should have done it. They could have turned a negative situation into a positive one for the fans.

    • Gary Fredericks

      Totally agree! A Grand Prix would have been a good spark to flagging PPV sales, re-introduced the other talent at 205 since Jones polarizing skills reduced their perceived value, and simply made for a more interesting and credible scenario for the man that ends up with the strap around his waist. Rushed judgements do not fix inopportune events.