Strikeforce heavyweight Daniel Cormier has brought up UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones a number of times in recent months, pointing to the likelihood of the two eventually locking horns in the cage and even calling him out for a coaching stint on TUF followed by a fight. However, it looks like Cormier’s interest in dipping down to 205 pounds stops there.
“I said that I would only take that fight IF Cain was UFC heavyweight champion and I was offered the fight with Jones; that was the stipulation. I am totally content with staying at heavyweight,” explained Cormier to Fight Hub TV, referring to teammate/friend Cain Velasquez. “My diet is pretty much whatever I want, I don’t need to cut really any weight and I still am fast and able to compete with a lot of people in my weight class, why move from it?”
Velasquez is set to face heavyweight title-holder Junior dos Santos in late December. If he wins, as indicated, the 5’11 Cormier will give light heavyweight some serious thought while Jones’ name will undoubtedly come up again. It’s a tilt the 33-year old will clearly welcome with open arms, ready to prove he’s no slouch no matter how bright the spotlight on “Bones” might currently be.
“When you look at my record at 10-0 as a professional and look at Jon Jones’ record (through ten fights), who was his toughest guy? Stephan Bonnar and he did not finish him,” said Cormier of the UFC’s wunderkind. “I have fought higher caliber opponents at this stage in my career than Jon did…”
Cormier is set to fight Dion Staring on January 12 at Strikeforce’s show in Oklahoma City before joining the UFC’s roster.
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