Report: Dana White Says Jon Jones Wants to Fight Daniel Cormier Next, Clarifies Champ’s Contract Status
By FCF Staff
It’s been reported recently that contract negotiations between Jon Jones and the UFC are holding up a rematch with Alexander Gustafsson, but now Dana White has relayed a new twist.
After Gustafsson publicly called on Jones to sign an August 30th bout agreement, White said that the promotion was in talks with the light-heavyweight champ. In a follow up report with UFC.com, however, White reported the following about the situation:
“Just to clear up a couple things, people think we’re in contract negotiations with Jon Jones – we’re not. Jon Jones still has five fights left on his contract,” White said. “So what we’re doing right now is trying to get him to sign the bout agreement for Gustafsson. He doesn’t want to fight Gustafsson. … Lorenzo and I have a meeting with Jones on Thursday to get him to sign the bout agreement, and he’s asking to fight (Daniel) Cormier instead.”
After Jones worked his way to a tightly contested, decision win over Gustafsson in September, the champion elected to fight Glover Teixeira next. The promotion then announced that if Jones defeated Teixeira, and Gustafsson got by Jimi Manuwa in March, a rematch would be booked.
Jones went on to record a unanimous decision over Teixeira in April, while Gustafsson stopped Jimi Manuwa in March.
Cormier, meanwhile, is coming off a technical submission victory over Dan Henderson at UFC 173.