Jon Jones turns focus to Cormier

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones would prefer to fight Daniel Cormier, and notAlexander Gustafsson, in his next title defense, according to UFC president Dana White.

In comments made to on Monday, White said Jones has still refused to sign bout agreements for a proposed rematch against Gustafsson on Aug. 30 in Las Vegas. Jones defeated Gustafsson via unanimous decision in a close fight in September.

Late last month, White told reporters at a UFC event in Las Vegas he was working on a “new deal” with Jones, which figured to be the primary reason Jones hadn’t agreed yet to the fight. Gustafsson verbally committed to the date and location on May 24.



On Monday, White made it clear the holdup is not related to Jones’ current UFC contract.

“Just to clear up a couple things, people think we’re in contract negotiations with Jon Jones — we’re not,” White said. “Jon Jones still has five fights on his contract.

“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. (UFC co-owner) Lorenzo (Fertitta) 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.”

Jones (20-1) has yet to comment publicly on the rematch since it was first reported that he had been offered the fight. He did, however, indirectly comment on the situation via Twitter on Monday. When asked by a fan if he had signed a contract yet, Jones wrote, “What contract?”

A rematch between Jones and Gustafsson (16-2) has seemed inevitable ever since the first meeting at UFC 165 produced such a close fight. Gustafsson came within one round of dethroning the champ, however Jones ultimately won via scores of 49-46, 48-47 and 48-47. He has defended the 205-pound title a UFC record seven consecutive times.

Cormier (15-0) is widely recognized as next in line for a shot at Jones, behind Gustafsson. A former U.S. Olympic wrestler, Cormier is coming off a dominant submission win over Dan Henderson at UFC 173 last month.

Following his most recent win over Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 in April, Jones, 26, refused to answer questions related to Gustafsson at the post-fight press conference.

By Brett Okamoto |



About martialartsoutfitters

We're a company run by martial artists for martial artists. I promise that we will always do our best to serve the martial art community; putting service ahead of profit should they ever conflict. is your “go to” resource for all things Martial Arts. We also carry a wide selection of fine products for Taekwondo, MMA, and other martial arts. To meet the needs of the discerning martial artist, we have top quality Uniforms, Sparring Gear, Training Equipment, and Weapons, from leading manufacturers. carries the widest selection from Adidas, Century, Golden Tiger, Master Line, Rev Gear and we proudly feature Ring Star Advantage. These top brands along with our own proprietary martial art products, makes Martial your one stop online shopping destination for martial art supplies. To help you in your pursuit of knowledge we feature Books and DVDs from top masters and instructors. For the ultimate home training resource, you can download a training lesson from our Virtual Trainer. If you are looking to stay current with the martial art world, check our Events Section for all of the latest and greatest seminars, competitions, and events. We encourage you to submit information about coming events so we can post it. Simply Contact us and we will be honored to do so. For world class customer service and the answer to all of your martial art needs, make Martial Arts your “go to” resource
This entry was posted in Martial Arts, MMA and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s