Stipe Miocic will need to attend around.

Just hours after Jones teased a potential struggle from the former UFC heavyweight winner, his real sanity orders were published: Jones will be targeted to defend his UFC light heavyweight title against Thiago Santos on July 6 in UFC 239. MMA Fighting confirmed the headlines Wednesday after an initial report by ESPN. Once completed, Jones vs. Santos is expected to headline that the UFC’s annual International Fight Week.

After a rollercoaster three-year stretch that saw him be discharged and stripped off UFC titles three different times for a variety of infractions, for example a set of failed drug evaluations, Jones (24 1, 1 NC) generally seems to finally be back on the right course. He recaptured his long-held 205-pound title in December using a third-round TKO stoppage on Alexander Gustafsson, then successfully defended his belt with a unanimous decision over Anthony Smith in UFC 235.

In Santos (21-6), Jones confronts an former middleweight who has found new life in 205 lbs. Ever since moving up in weight, the Brazilian slugger holds a perfect 3-0 record with KO/TKO stoppages over Eryk Anders, Jimi Manuwa, and Jan Blachowicz. In total, Santos has finished 11 of his 13 Octagon wins via KO/TKO stoppages.

UFC 239 Occurs at the Tmobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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