Jon Jones vs. Anthony Johnson Headlines UFC 187 Memorial Day Weekend

February 19, 2015
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Jon Jones will defend his UFC light heavyweight title against Anthony Johnson at UFC 187 in Las Vegas, according to an announcement from officials on Wednesday.

The Jones-Johnson fight will be the card’s headlining bout for the annual Memorial Day card.

Jon-Jones-UFC-The-Time-Is-Now-02-750Jones (21-1) is nearly perfect in his fighting career, having successfully defended his 205-pound title eight times since winning it in 2011. Jones, however, has made more news of late after testing positive for traces of cocaine in an out-of-competition drug test ahead of his recent win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 182.

Johnson (19-4) has been on a tear, winning nine in a row, three of which came since returning to the UFC in 2014. Legal troubles have also followed the top contender of late, as allegations of domestic abuse circulated in 2014.

In addition to Jones-Johnson, a bout between Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort for the UFC middleweight title was revealed as the co-main event for the card. Joining them will be a lightweight tilt between Donald Cerrone and Khabib Nurmagomedov.

UFC 187 is planned to take place May 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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  • Sarge

    Wow, what a card.

    Hopefully nobody gets injured or busted for PEDs now.

    • BigMark

      Amen to that…

  • bob

    can’t wait for this card to get rescheduled

  • Groinstrike

    Card is STACKED. I hope it goes without a hitch

  • Seth

    Cerrone/Khabib HAS to be for #1 contendership, right? o: I hope this card stays like that, it’s aweeeesome! 😀

    • shakejunt

      it’s gotta be, there’s no one else.

    • Sarge

      nah i’m sure they’re just doing it for kicks.

      • Teal’c


        • Sarge

          Your mom is 0/10

          • teal’c


          • Sarge

            Ok CerealKiller.

  • snapdad

    please, no one get injured

  • cheflacsto

    I am sure Cerrone vs. Khabib will fall into the co main event slot, Weidman is just a minor injury away from another delay.

    • Sir_Roy

      Probably also doing things this way as they are worried about the drug tests. I think we’ll start seeing the UFC reorganize the way they set-up cards …

    • drkdisciple

      Chances are that Vitor is one test away from a 2 years suspension for roid use during a random test.

      • Guest

        he’s passed all his latest drug tests. weidman has been more inactive than belfort failing a drug test.

  • PaulieVegas

    Most stacked card I’ve seen since UFC 100. Seriously, this card rocks.

    And instead of getting excited, my initial reaction was to say: “Half the fighters will get hurt in training and pull out, and the other half will pop positive for PED’s.”

    That’s the state of today’s UFC, my friends. Sad but true.

    • Shocked_n_Awed

      Hard to argue that thought process, for sure – I’m wondering why stack any card so much, when so many other events have next to no reason to watch. Surely Wideman vs Belfort (if it ever actually happens) has to be a Main Event-level fight?

      • Guest

        it would;ve been a main event had weidman not kept on pulling out of their fight.

      • TheCerealKiller

        “I’m wondering why stack any card so much”

        After all the negative news lately, it’s “But hey everyone, look over here at this great card!” People have the attention span of a goldfish.

        • Sir_Roy

          Honestly think UFC officials feel making Weidman vs Vitor a headliner to be too risky. Injury ridden Weidman and PED infested Vitor … any one of the two could blow up a main event last minute. It’s a smart play. And yeah, the UFC could use the boost and a shift of focus as well at this time.

    • shakejunt

      i’d venture to say with the 3 currently announced fights that it’s more stacked than ufc 100’s. ufc 178 was insanely deep as well.

    • Guest

      ufc 185 looks stacked too.

    • deepgrim

      that was my reaction too, so many huge cards end up with major drop outs. ufc 175 was a huge card and then the chael / wanderlei fight was gone and struve had the medical condition, it took a bit of a knock. hopefully this one can remain as billed

  • VinnyTheChin

    I’m blowing up for Memorial Day Weekend