Daniel Cormier will defend the UFC light heavyweight title against Anthony Johnson at UFC 206 on Dec. 10 at UFC 206 in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre.
Cormier announced the fight during FS1’s “UFC Tonight” program Wednesday.
The title bout is a rematch of UFC 187’s main event in May 2015. Cormier, a former Oklahoma State All-American wrestler, submitted Johnson in the third round to capture the title left vacant by Jon Jones, who was stripped of the belt following his arrest on hit-and-run charges in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Cormier (18-1) has fought just twice since his first bout against Johnson. He defended the title against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 192 via split decision and won by unanimous decision in a non-title fight against Anderson Silva at UFC 200. Silva replaced Jones on less than a weeks notice after Jones was pulled from the card due to a potential USADA violation.
Since the loss to Cormier, Johnson (22-5) has won all three of his fights by knockout. He’s 12-1 in the light heavyweight division, with his lone blemish to Cormier.
Cormier and Johnson will face off for a second time with the title on the line, while Jones remains the interim champion as he sits out on suspension awaiting his hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission to decide on a possible punishment related to the positive drug test.