Daniel Cormier will fight middleweight legend Anderson Silva in a non-title bout as his replacement fight for UFC 200.
After the stunning removal of Jon Jones from the light-heavyweight championship main event, due to a doping violation flagged by USADA, Cormier has been handed an amazing new bout on just two days’ notice.
After Brazilian media reported the bout earlier on Friday, UFC president Dana White confirmed the Cormier-Silva fight. It will be a three-round battle at light-heavyweight but not for Cormier’s belt.
“I just felt really bad for Daniel, this is a big fight financially and every other way, so I wanted to give him a fight and I’ve been working since the fight fell out,” White told ESPN.