Jones to headline July’s UFC 239

March 27, 2019

ESPN.com reports the headliner for UFC’s International Week card will be Jon Jones defending his light heavyweight title against Thiago Santos.  In the co-main event, Amanda Nunes will defend her bantamweight title against Holly Holm.

Jon Jones returns to headline an International Fight Week after having to be pulled three years ago at UFC 200.  His opponent, Santos is the third-ranked Light Heavyweight in the UFC behind Daniel Cormier and Alexsander Gustafsson.  Jones had played with his fans on social media that he would be fighting heavyweight Stipe Miocic soon.  But that was not the case.

Coming off her first round KO of Cris Cyborg, Nunes will defend her bantamweight title against Holly Holm.

The card will headline International Fight Week on July 6th.

Payout Perspective:

Conor McGregor was thought to have been returning on this card, but with a hasty retirement and the public revelation that he is under investigation of sexual assault in Ireland, its unlikely we see the former double champ in the Octagon in the near future.  Jones has proven his PPV-worth with his last two features drawing well above the UFC PPV average.  Nunes, who headlined UFC 200 due to a set of circumstances which included Jones taken off the card, defends her bantamweight title in an interesting matchup with Holm.  We will see what the other supporting fights will be on this card but you might expect more big names to be a part as the UFC always try to emit a huge spotlight on the company with its annual Vegas event in July.

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