The chances of Jon Jones stepping in to fill the void left by Conor McGregor as the UFC 200 main event took a major hit today.
In the aftermath of UFC 197 last weekend, the interim light heavyweight champion could potentially be facing a six month medical suspension, pending the results of an x-ray on his left foot.
Jones defeated Ovince Saint Preux last weekend to claim the interim belt, and had looked set to face champion Daniel Cormier on July 9th, but a medical suspension would lead to him being ruled out of action until October at the earliest.
What this means for UFC 200 of course, is that they are still without a headline fight. Jones v Cormier would have been one of the few bouts that could rival McGregor/Diaz in terms of a spectacle, and without that to fall back on, it leaves White with something of a headache with the event less than three months away.
Conor McGregor’s declaration yesterday that he was back in the event was shot down by Dana White as the saga yet another twist, and Diaz’s tweet last night hinted that the fight was finally dead in the water.
Happy to announce that I’m going on vacation #gone #100 ✌?️
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) April 26, 2016
However, now that White is fast running out of options, the potential for a rematch between McGregor and Diaz has once again become a distinct possibility.
Jones’ injury by itself is confirmation of absolutely nothing of course, but White will surely now, more than ever, be feeling the pressure to give the fans the spectacle that they are demanding.