Not so fast…Jon Jones will certainly NOT be supporting Cormier’s title bid

Posted: March 5, 2014 in Commentary/Opinion
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jonestieIt’s no secret that some of the bigger names in the sport have at least “a little” say in who they fight next. Longtime welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre once strongly requested to fight Nick Diaz, despite him coming off a loss. He got it. Likewise Anderson Silva had stated as champion that he would not fight fellow Brazilians like Jacare Souza and Lyoto Machida.

Is Jon Jones now in that category of being able to help determine who his next opponent will be? I think so. If he gets his wish, Daniel Cormier is out of luck, because Bones says he doesn’t think Cormier has earned it.

DC went on Fox Sports Podcast and begged Jones to let him fight him. Literally begged him. “This is a message for Jonny Bones Jones: Hey, Jon. This is Daniel Cormier. Bro. Brother. I’m asking nicely. I’m not aggressive. I’m not trying to be confrontational, Jon. I’m just asking, would you be willing to give me a chance to fight you. Please, Jon. Please, brother. Make the decision.”

He even played the “bro” card. Jones’ response is exactly NOT what Cormier had in mind though.  “Hey, DC. I really respect what you’ve done with losing that weight. I think that’s extremely inspirational to a lot of people. It shows what type of heart you have that you’re willing to sacrifice those meals and get yourself to 205.

“First and foremost, since you’re speaking more respectfully, I’ll say congratulations on your victory and your weight loss. But as far as giving you a title shot, I have no interest in fighting you right now, only because of the fact that you really haven’t fought anyone that I consider a top level fighter. I’m kind of sick of seeing UFC light heavyweights fight against kind of like ‘cans’ until they get a title shot. I really want to see a top contender fight a top contender and I think you need to fight someone a little bit more well-known than Patrick Cummins. Fight against Rashad, fight against somebody legit, man. Then I think it would be a little more appropriate to give you that title shot.”

We’ve been back and forth on the topic of light heavyweight contenders recently. Are contenders skipping the top 10 and going straight o earning title shots? Well, it seems like Glover Teixeira did. And it also seems like Cormier is trying to do it too. I’m not faulting DC for trying to budge the line. In fact, I think he’s fairly well equipped to give Bones a real test.

But the fact is…Jones is right. As much as I personally give DC credit for running through some serious competition at heavyweight, Jones’ point remains valid. He’s only fought once at 205—and it was against a guy who was working at Starbucks a week prior.

So I guess Cormier is going to have to take a different approach to gaining that shot—maybe he can plea to Dana White instead. Because the chances of Jon Jones supporting Cormier’s bid for a title fight just went from slim to zilch in a hurry. Bones also gets bonus points for being smug.

  1. […] should be getting used to being called out publicly by now. Daniel Cormier has pleaded with him for a fight, to no avail. Phil Davis is criticizing him for seemingly avoiding contenders. Hell, […]

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