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 toÂ 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.