What the latest UFC bantamweight bout means for the UFC title race
With all eyes on the UFC bam, one fighter has become more popular than the others.
In a new fight, Jon Jones is going to become the UFC’s biggest star.
The 24-year-old fighter from Oklahoma will take on the No. 1 ranked bantamweights in Daniel Cormier and Ryan Bader, in the UFC Fight Night 104 main event.
But Jones has another fight in the bag: He will face fellow Oklahoman and current UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor.
McGregor, who has been training at the University of Oklahoma, will fight former UFC champion Demetrious Johnson in a fight that has become a huge story on social media.
McGilchrist’s UFC debut is set for Nov. 17 in Portland, Ore.
It will be his first title defense since a May 2016 rematch with Nate Diaz, and the bout will be televised on pay-per-view (PPV).
Jones and Cormier have a long history.
The former welterweight champion won the belt with a first-round knockout over Johnson in 2016, and Jones has won the UFC heavyweight title nine times.
McCarthy, the UFC lightweight champion, is coming off his first UFC win over Rafael dos Anjos in March.
He has lost just once in his last nine fights.
Jones is expected to get a second crack at the UFC belt after Cormier.
The No. 2 ranked buster will face Bader in a rematch of the UFC welterearmbetweight title fight, which Jones won by decision in September.
But the bout is the biggest story in the world right now.
This is a fight between two of the greatest fighters in UFC history.