With the recent talk about fighters like Mauricio Rua and Lyoto Machida turning down title-shots based on a lack of preparation time, unbeaten Strikeforce heavyweight Daniel Cormier has inserted himself into the conversation with a somewhat surprising admission. While he’s currently booked for a bout against Frank Mir in the coming months, Cormier appears open to competing at 205 pounds when he joins the UFC roster as long as it means a date with light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
“Right now no one wants to fight Jon Jones, but sh*t, I’ll do it. I’ll fight Jon Jones,” said Cormier in an interview with BJPenn.com where he added, “Guys are turning down the fight; you have to go to an old school fighter like Vitor Belfort to step up to the plate. That’s no knock on Machida or ‘Shogun’, but if those guys want to coach on The Ultimate Fighter and move off to the side and let me fight Jones, I’ll do it. If no one wants the title shot then give it to Daniel.”
Cormier is only 5’11” and has said in the past he could make the light heavyweight limit by changing his diet/training route.
On the topic of passing on pairings, Cormier also stated he was surprised Jones declined to duke it out with Chael Sonnen, explaining, “There are a lot of reasons why he should have taken the fight, but the main one is he could have beaten 98% of the guys in the world on eight days notice.”
No date has been officially announced for Cormier’s clash with Mir though it is rumored to be taking place in October or November.
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