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Jones wants Cormier next instead of Gustafsson, says Dana

Jones wants Cormier next instead of Gustafsson, says Dana
June 3rd 2014

The rematch between Alexander Gustafsson and UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones looks to be in danger of being put on hold, judging by the words of UFC president Dana White.

"Just to clear up a couple things, people think we're in contract negotiations with Jon Jones - we're not. Jon Jones still has five fights left on his contract," Dana revealed to UFC.com. "So what we're doing right now is trying to get him to sign the bout agreement for Gustafsson. He doesn't want to fight Gustafsson."

Gustafsson established himself as the number-one contender in the 205lb division with his last win - a second-round TKO against dynamic striker Jimi Manuwa at UFC Fight Night: London back in March. When Jones successfully defended his title against Glover Teixeira the following month, it looked like the long-awaited rematch between the Swede and the champ was all set.

Now though, Zuffa bosses have got the task of convincing Jon to take the fight against Alexander.

"Lorenzo and I have a meeting with Jones on Thursday to get him to sign the bout agreement, and he's asking to fight Cormier instead," White explained.

Cormier is currently ranked #2, behind only Jones and Gustafsson in the division. The former Olympic wrestler has stated he'd be willing to go as far as fighting Alexander for the interim title if Jones refuses to take the fight, however he's be unlikely to turn down the opportunity to fight for the undisputed championship if the owner of the belt gets his way.

Comments

  • Darrell Brown

    Posted at 15:18 on June 3rd 2014

    Since WHEN is Jon Jones the Bookmaker of fights? Tell him either he fights Gus,Or he Forfeits the Belt and Gus/Cormier will fight for Championship!! Come on Dana...be THE BOSS!!

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  • Dave

    Posted at 15:27 on June 3rd 2014

    Hes scared

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  • efrain luna

    Posted at 15:39 on June 3rd 2014

    Who ever he fights its going to to a good fight but I would like to see him fight DC I think DC would be crowned the new light heavy weig champion if he Dose fight DC so either fight would be good.

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  • Justin Moore

    Posted at 20:25 on June 3rd 2014

    Should be a good fight regardless. Cormier is undefeated, if Jones can take him out then he can proceed to fight Gustaffson to prove whether or not he is the undisputed best light heavyweight UFC fighter in the world. Either way I see both of them being his next opponents, unless one of them is somehow defeated in their next fight (don't see it happening unless DC fights Gus, or if either fights Jones)

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