Daniel Cormier has been lobbying for a title fight against light heavyweight champion Jon Jones since before he made his way from Strikeforce to the UFC. The undefeated former heavyweight contender addressed Jones directly on the most recent edition of The Great MMA Debate Podcast and respectfully asked for the opportunity to fight for the belt.
“Hey Jon, this is Daniel Cormier. Bro, brother, I’m asking nicely. I’m not being aggressive. I’m not trying to be confrontational Jon. I’m just asking. Would you be willing to give me a chance to fight? Please brother. Make a decision,” said Cormier.
“I heard that he has the ability to say who he wants to fight,” he added.
Jones responded while at the Arnold’s in Columbus, Ohio, over the weekend and denied Cormier’s request.
“My response to DC is, hey DC, you know what, I really respect what you’ve done with losing that weight. I think that’s extremely inspirational to a lot of people. It shows the type of heart that you have that you’re willing to sacrifice those meals and get yourself to 205. So first and foremost, since you’re speaking more respectfully, I’ll say congratulations on your victory and on your weight loss,” said Jones.
“As far as giving you a title shot, I have no interest in fighting you right now only because of the fact that you haven’t really fought anyone that I consider a top level fighter. I’m kind of getting sick of seeing UFC light heavyweights fight against kind of like cans until they get a title shot. I really want to see a top contender fight a top contender, and I think you need to fight someone a little bit more well known than Patrick Cummins. Fight against Rashad (Evans). Fight against somebody legit man, and then I would think it would be a little bit more appropriate to give you that title shot,” added the light heavyweight champ.
Cormier had initially been slated to fight Evans at UFC 170, but an injury forced the former UFC light heavyweight champion out of the fight. Cormier instead wound up fighting Cummins, stopping him via TKO at the 1:19 mark of the first round.
Jones next puts his title on the line against Glover Teixeira in the UFC 172 main event on April 26 at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Md.