As far as we know, UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will not fight former champ Jon Jones anywhere in the state of New York. After all Jones has done outside the cage, Cormier doesn’t think Jones deserves the admiration of his hometown fans.
Jones, on the other hand, doesn’t care where the fight takes place.
“Honestly, I’d fight Daniel inside the OSU wrestling room,” Jones wrote on his Twitter account Friday. “[Cormier’s former wrestling coach] John Smith can be our referee. Just trying to take back what’s mine.”
The two have already squared off once before, meeting centerstage at UFC 182 in January. Jones, then the champion, defended his title after earning a five-round unanimous decision against Cormier, then the undefeated challenger. Months later, Jones would be scheduled to defend his title once more, this time against Anthony “Rumble” Johnson. A felony hit-and-run prompted an indefinite suspension from the UFC and forced him out of the contest, allowing Cormier to have a second crack at earning the promotion’s 205-pound crown.
Cormier soundly defeated Johnson and, months later, a New Mexico court sentenced Jones to 18 months probation and community service. He was reinstated by the UFC shortly after.
Likely to take place over a year after their first meeting, the two are now destined to meet once more — this time with the roles reversed.
“DC” has already stated he’s open to the idea of offering Jones an immediate title shot. He met with Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta Thursday to discuss his future, much of which likely had to do with a talented young fighter from Rochester, New York.