The decorated wrestler will be defending the belt for the first time at UFC 192, after Cormier submitted Anthony Johnson in May, and secured the vacant title. The championship was up for grabs because of the legal issues Jones’ is facing, after he was charged in an alleged hit-and-run incident earlier this year. Jones and Cormier battled back in January, and the now former champ handed his rival a unanimous decision loss.
Well, Cormier recently spoke with MMA Junkie.com in advance of his bout with Gustafsson, and while doing so, relayed the following:
“If Gus and I are scheduled to fight and Jones was back and Jones was eligible to compete, I would ask (the UFC),” said Cormier. “I would ask if there’s any way we could get this rematch done, and Alex fight someone else.
“That’s the fight that you want. Any guy in the division would give you the same answer to that question.”
Of course, considering the severity of Jones’ situation, the chances of the renowned fighter returning to the Octagon in less than two months time are slim and none. Further, even if Jones were cleared to fight in say December or January, the promotion would likely still move ahead with Cormier-Gustafsson any ways.
“DC” is just making the point that he wants to rematch Jones, and wants to badly. Cormier went on to add that he wants to fight Jones because the latter is only man to date to defeat him. That’s completely understandable, and clearly until Jones is defeated, there will always be a mental asterisk by the current champ’s name. They’re the champion, and clearly, ridiculously tough, but…they didn’t beat the man who is widely considered to be the baddest dude on the planet.
UFC 192 will be hosted by the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.