Recently the MMA world took a stiff shot on the chin, after it was announced that Cormier will no longer fight Jones at UFC 197, due to a leg injury. Since then, Ovince Saint Preux has agreed to step up and face Jones on short notice.
Although Jones – OSP is a compelling fight in its own right, tons of folks were pumped to see Cormier – Jones II, as it is, after all, one of the greatest beefs in all of MMA. While it remains to be seen if Jones can get past OSP, the consensus is that he will. So what then? When would he take on Cormier for a second time?
Well, since it looks like the UFC will finally be able to hold an event in Jones’ native state of New York later this year, some have speculated the rematch could go down there. But, while speaking to MMA Junkie.com recently, Cormier had this to say about a NY bout:
“I don’t know when the next opportunity would be for us,” Cormier said. “I don’t know what the realistic thing would be. I don’t want to delay this thing very long. I hate the fact I had to delay it to begin with. I prefer to do it as soon as I can when I’m healthy.
“(New York is) way too far. I’m 37 years old. I need to be fighting. To have to wait all that time would be a little too much.”
Fair enough right? When you consider Cormier hasn’t fought since October, when he decisioned Gustafsson, it’s completely understandable that he doesn’t want to go a year without fighting. And really, since Cormier’s recovery is expected to be about six weeks, a summer booking seems doable.
First things first though, and that’s Jones – OSP.
UFC 197 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.