Even though Jon Jones will battle Alexander Gustafsson tomorrow night at UFC 165, the light-heavyweight champ continues to field questions about heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier, who is planning to drop to 205 pounds. Since Cormier and Jones have had less than kind words for each other in the past, and Dana White has said “DC” might get a title shot if he gets by Roy Nelson, it’s not terribly surprising.
Jones was asked about Cormier at a pre-fight press conference in Toronto, who has also said he intends to call out “Bones” if defeats Nelson at UFC 166. According to Jones, however, the decorated wrestler won’t be getting a title shot anytime soon (comments via MMA Junkie.com).
“As far as Daniel Cormier, he definitely won’t be getting a title fight,” said Jones. “I don’t think I would accept a fight against him. He’s a guy I don’t respect at all. I’d definitely make sure he loses the weight, makes 205 and make sure he earns a title shot.
“At the end of the day, the guy’s a hater. I’ve really done nothing wrong to the guy to have an issue with him, and every time I turn around he’s figuring out a way to have my name in his mouth.”
“I just don’t respect the guy at all, and I think the ultimate way to defeat him is to make him lose all that weight, which is tough work, make him earn a title fight, which is tough work, and then at the end of the day, walk away with nothing,”
It’s going to be interesting to see what the UFC does with Cormier if he wins on October 19th, as Glover Teixeira is also in the mix, and was recently told he’d face the winner of Jones-Gustafsson. First things first, however, UFC 165.
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