UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will make his next defending title against Thiago Santos on UFC 239 in Las Vegas on July 6, UFC president Dana White told ESPN.
The 205 pound battle will see the pay-per-event that will take place in the T-Mobile Arena. Other sources have confirmed that combat contracts have not been signed, but all parties have verbally approved the fight.
In addition, doubles winner Amanda Nunes defends her 135-pound bantamweight title against Holly Holm in the UFC 239 co-main event. There are also verbal agreements for this fight, sources said.
Former champions Tyron Woodley and Robbie Lawler will lead the UFC Fight Night in Minneapolis on June 29, UFC President Dana White told ESPN. The two met in 2016 in 2016, when Woodley claimed the welterweight belt.
Jones (24: 1) annoyed the fans with a public challenge from former heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic on Wednesday in social media, but this matchup was never seriously debated. Jones plays a dominant title defense against Anthony Smith at UFC 235. The Santos fight will celebrate his third appearance in seven months.
Santos (21-6) from Rio de Janeiro is a former middleweight who has entered the title fight behind the light heavyweight wins over Eryk Anders, Jimi Manuwa and Jan Blachowicz.
Nunes (17-4) is a three-time defending champion bantamweight. In December, she climbed into the 145-pound featherweight class and angered Cris "Cyborg" Justino in a round of the last eight of the UFC featherweight championship. She trains from the American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida.
Holm (12-4) from Albuquerque, New Mexico, is coming off the bench against Megan Anderson last June. She was scheduled to play Aspen Ladd in March, but the fight was eventually stopped and Ladd was rescheduled since then.