UFC gentle heavyweight champion Jon Jones will make his subsequent title protection in opposition to Thiago Santos at UFC 239 on July 6 in Las Vegas, UFC president Dana White informed ESPN.
The 205-pound bout will headline the pay-per-view occasion, which is able to happen at T-Cellular Area. Extra sources confirmed bout agreements haven’t been signed, however all events have verbally agreed.
Moreover, dual-division champion Amanda Nunes will defend her 135-pound bantamweight title in opposition to Holly Holm within the co-main occasion of UFC 239. Verbal agreements are in place for that combat as effectively, in response to sources.
Jones (24-1) teased followers with a public problem of former heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic on social media on Wednesday, however that matchup was by no means severely mentioned, per sources. Jones is coming off a dominant title protection in opposition to Anthony Smith at UFC 235. The Santos bout will mark his third look in seven months.
Santos (21-6), of Rio de Janeiro, is a former middleweight who has surged to title competition behind gentle heavyweight victories over Eryk Anders, Jimi Manuwa and Jan Blachowicz.
Nunes (17-Four) is a three-time defending bantamweight champion. She moved as much as the 145-pound featherweight division in December and upset Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino in a first-round knockout for the UFC’s featherweight championship. She trains out of American High Workforce in Coconut Creek, Florida.
Holm (12-Four), of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is coming off a call win in opposition to Megan Anderson final June. She was scheduled to combat Aspen Ladd in March, however that bout was in the end canceled and Ladd has since been rescheduled.