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Jon Jones Denies Daniel Cormier A Title Shot; Are They the Fight to Make at 205?

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The saga between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier continues to grow.

Only this time, it seems a mutual respect has grown between the two.

While speaking to FoxSports.com, Cormier was very cordial and direct in asking for a shot at the title:

“Hey Jon, this is Daniel Cormier -€“ bro, brother, would you be willing to give me a title shot? I’m asking nicely. I’m not being aggressive. I’m not trying to be confrontational, Jon, I’m just asking. Would you be willing to give me a chance to fight? Please, brother, please. Make the decision.”

Jones was not very receptive to Cormier’s request, but was very respectful in his response. Also speaking to FoxSports.com, Jones replied (as transcribed by MMAFighting.com) :

“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 [Evans], fight against somebody legit, man. Then I think it would be a little more appropriate to give you that title shot.”

A fight between Jones and Cormier is one of the most desired by many MMA fans. Cormier brings Olympic caliber wrestling which could prove problematic for Jones. In addition, Cormier has finished some of MMA’s top heavyweights. If Cormier can put out guys like Antonio ‘Big Foot’ Silva, it’s not unreasonable to think that he could potentially knockout Jones.

On the other side of the equation, Jones brings up a valid point about Cormier’s lack of wins over top opponents. While Cormier does have solid wins in the heavyweight division, he has yet to get a win over an elite light-heavyweight. Once Cormier beats someone like Rashad Evans, Phil Davis, or Alexander Gustaffson he can rightfully claim a title shot.

Even though Jones is scheduled to fight Glover Texeira this April and Cormier is still awaiting his next assignment, it’s hard to not get excited about a fight between the two men. If Jones beats Texeira and Cormier is able to pick-up a win over a top light-heavyweight, the UFC will have the biggest fight in light-heavyweight history on their hands.

Until then, we can only salivate over the prospect of Jones and Cormier going to war.

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