All the heat behind the rivalry between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier will have to wait a little longer before the watched pot gets to a boil.
Jon Jones rolled his ankle in training and now the bout that was scheduled for September 27th will now take place on January 3rd.
Jones suffered a torn meniscus and a sprained ankle and will now not defend his UFC Light Heavyweight Title until UFC 182, when he was originally scheduled to defend the strap at UFC 178.
In wake of the events today the UFC Flyweight Champion, Demetrious Johnson will now defend his belt at UFC 178 in the main event.
Following the breaking of the news, Daniel Cormier gave his opinions of the matter to Fox Sports 1’s show, “America’s Pre-game.”
“I would be outside myself to not say I went into this fight knowing my knee was pretty jacked up, and I was going to fight through it to get the title.”
Initially Cormier was worried that he would not maintain his status as number 1 contender as originally it was planned that Alexander Gustafsson would take on Jon Jones for the belt but after Alexander suffered an injury the spot was given to Daniel Cormier. Lorenzo Fertitta calmed Cormier by assuring him that he would remain the number 1 contender.
“I’ll get a full training camp now.” stated Cormier, “When I heard Jones was hurt, now him and Gustafsson are on the same schedule in order to get healthy. So my first question was, ‘I don’t have go behind Gustafsson again now, right? And I was assured that it’s going to be me in January. He’s not going to take my place again.”
Cormier refused to play into the idea that Jon Jones was “ducking” him but didn’t shy from questioning his toughness.
“I said from the beginning that Jon Jones isn’t afraid of anyone, but if I can go in there with a partially torn ACL, I think he should have fought; tough it up and fight. I don’t know the extent of his injuries, and if it’s really bad, I’ll take it back. But on the surface, I heard he hurt himself. But people hear ACL, they think you’re out for a year. I’ve been hurt, and I’ve been training. I wish he would have just fought.”
Cormier wasn’t the only one to sound off.
Alexander Gustafsson took to social media to vent his frustrations.
His Facebook read:
“I just heard the news that Jones is injured and the fight is rescheduled to January 3rd???? Until then, I will be more than ready, it was MY fight to begin with nd I WANT the fight as number 1 contender. End of story!!”