Jon Jones, the UFC light heavyweight champion, will make his next title defense against Thiago Santos at UFC 239 on July 6 in Las Vegas, UFC president Dana White told ESPN.
The bout will headline the pay-per-view event which will take place at T-Mobile Arena. Nothing has been signed yet, but both parties have verbally agreed to the fight.
Jones (24-1) is coming off a near flawless title defense against Anthony Smith at UFC 235. With this Santos fight, it will be Jones’ third fight in a seven-month span, matching the number of times he fought in the previous three years.
Santos (21-6) is a former middleweight who earned his chance at title contention with light heavyweight victories over Eryk Anders, Jimi Manuwa and Jan Blachowicz.
The other title defense will come from dual-division champion Amanda Nunes. Nunes will defend her 135-pound bantamweight title against Holly Holm in the co-main event. Verbal agreements are also in place for this fight.
Nunes (17-4) is a three-time defending bantamweight champion. Nunes moved up to the 145-pound featherweight division last December and won a shocking upset over Chris “Cyborg” Justino via a first-round knockout for the UFC featherweight championship.
Holm (12-4) is coming off of a decision win against Megan Anderson last June. She was scheduled for a fight this month against Aspen Ladd, but the fight was canceled and Ladd has since been rescheduled. The fight in July will be the first fight Holm has had in over a year due to a knee injury.