Although it remains to be seen when Jon Jones will return to the UFC, it doesn’t sound like Daniel Cormier’s in any huge rush to book his next fight.
Cormier is coming off a bloody, split decision win over Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 192, in what was his first title defense. Since Jones avoided jail time with a recent plea deal, the consensus is that Cormier will face his rival next, provided “Bones” is reinstated somewhat soon.
“I have no idea (when Jones will be back); all I know is that I’m taking a break. In 2015, I fought Jones, I fought ‘Rumble’ Johnson, and I fought Alexander Gustafsson. I fought the toughest guys the division has to offer – all in 10 months, at 36 years old. I need a little bit of a break. I fought seven times in two years in the UFC. I need some time to sit back and spend with my family. … I want to take a break, and I think I’ve earned it.”
Fair enough. Cormier’s went to war with Gustafsson for five rounds on October 2nd, and he’s had a busy couple of years. So, wanting to take some time to heal up, relax and spend time with his family is pretty understandable.
While the UFC probably didn’t want to risk losing Cormier-Jones II by having “DC” fight Ryan Bader in the short term future, now that fight seems very, very unlikely. If Cormier wants to take a fair sized break, then chances are a rematch with Jones is next.