Daniel Cormier Has no Issue With Immediate Title Shot For Jon Jones: “We Should be Fighting”
By FCF Staff
Although the UFC hasn’t announced when and who Jon Jones will fight next, the consensus is that the former light-heavyweight champ will take on Daniel Cormier, and the reigning champ wouldn’t have it any other way.
Jones and Cormier battled back in January, and the latter lost the bout via unanimous decision. Jones was stripped of his title a few months later, but after reaching a plea deal recently with New Mexico authorities, the UFC has reinstated the renowned fighter.
Cormier appeared on the latest “UFC Tonight”, and when he was asked if he thinks Jones deservers to fight for the belt in his first fight back, “DC” said this (quote via FOX Sports 1 press release):
“If Jones beat me in January, and he said, Daniel you have to earn your way back, I would have fought the two best guys in the division, Anthony Rumble Johnson and Alexander Gustafsson, to get back there. And if Jones was still the champion, I would have earned that rematch. The thing is, I’m the champion now and I want fight him. I’m willing to give him a chance at the belt. It’s great for the fans and great for the organization because he’s the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet. We should be fighting. He beat me, too. I said from the moment we walked out of the Octagon on January 3rd, I’d like a rematch. Now I’m the champ and he’s the challenger. Once they lock us in the Octagon, we’ll make for some good business and good fireworks. I can’t wait to fight him again.”
Cormier’s aforementioned win over Gustafsson took place earlier this month at UFC 192. The decorated wrestler won the bout via unanimous decision.