Daniel Cormier demands Jon Jones accepts UFC 214 rematch: ‘It’s my rules, I’m the champ now’
Although not yet official, the long road to a second showdown between Cormier (19-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) and Jones (22-1 MMA, 16-1 UFC) is being targeted for the July 29 event, which takes place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Cormier would not confirm the matchup on this week’s edition of FS1’s “UFC Tonight,” where he serves as co-host. For a brief period the possibility of Jones not being Cormier’s next opponent seemed to exist.
Jones, the No. 1 fighter in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light heavyweight rankings, has fought just once since his initial clash with Cormier at UFC 182 in January 2015 because of a bevy of outside-the-octagon issues. Jones’ last fight in April 2016 at UFC 197 resulted in a unanimous-decision win over Ovince Saint Preux.
In the meantime, No. 2-ranked Cormier, who is coming off a second-round submission of Anthony Johnson earlier this month at UFC 210, has teased a potential title defense against No. 7-ranked Jimi Manuwa. “DC” said he calls the shots in his division, though, and in light of that he said Jones shouldn’t fight anyone but him upon his return.
“Take the fight with me, Jon Jones,” Cormier said. “There are no tune-up fights in the UFC. Try to get your title back. Come meet your boy ‘DC,’ come get this money. Let’s get money together and give the people in Anaheim a show. No tune-up for Jon Jones, he gets to come and get beat by me this time. We’re fighting right now or he doesn’t get to fight me. It’s my rules, I’m the champ now.”
Whether or not the Cormier vs. Jones rematch would serve as the UFC 214 main event remains to be seen. UFC President Dana White has suggested it will not, citing trust issues with Jones. But regardless, Cormier expects to come out victorious this time.
“The person that we saw against Ovince Saint Preux is the new, USADA-regulated Jon Jones,” Cormier said. “He’s always going to look like that. So, yes, I will beat him up on July 29th.”