There will be a new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion next month.
Jon Jones has officially vacated the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship after nine years as an unbeaten champion, and fifteen consecutive title fights without a loss. With his impending move to heavyweight, UFC President Dana White announced a new 205 pound champion will be crowned.
On ESPN early Tuesday, White stated that former title challenger and #1-ranked Dominick Reyes (12-1) will get another crack at the championship against #3 Jan Blachowicz (26-8). The show is set for September 26, but does not yet have a location or venue announced.
Reyes is an uncrowned champion in the eyes of many after his close fight with the longtime champion in Jones at UFC 247 and February. Over 77 percent of fans and 65 percent of media had the fight scored in favor of Reyes, but the decision ultimately went to Jones.
Blachowicz is riding a three-fight winning streak, and has won seven of his last eight fights where he's won five performance bonuses along the way. The hot hand is a far cry from just three years ago, when he was facing the boot from UFC after losing four of five fights.
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