Almost every weight class in the UFC today has an undisputed number one contender, ready to face off against the champion whenever they get the call.
At UFC 202, many believed Anthony Johnson would be next in line to face Daniel Cormier for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship after ‘Rumble’ knocked out Glover Teixeira in 13 seconds.
JONES VS RUMBLE?
However, Dana White doesn’t seem to be sold on the idea and is adamant that the currently-suspended Jon Jones – who could be cleared relatively soon – deserves another opportunity to fight for the championship.
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While White believes Jones should face off against Johnson to determine the number one contender, both Jones and Cormier aren’t too fond of the idea and want the UFC to stop treating the former champion like a baby.
Speaking on UFC Tonight, Cormier said: “You know what, man, I really worry about myself, but Anthony actually talked to me and said he doesn’t feel like Jon deserves anything.
“He goes, it’s time to stop coddling this kid, stop giving him things that he doesn’t deserve.
“He feels like Jones should have to earn his way back, and you know what, I agree. I agree, I think I should be fighting ‘Rumble’ Johnson, but that’s between Anthony and Jon.
“I don’t know what that does for me [if they fight]. The only issue is it would make me have to wait for a long time if those guys go. The truth is, Jon’s not even able to fight yet. Jon’s not cleared.”
Many are claiming that Cormier’s refusal to fight Jones is out of fear, and the champion shot down those claims, saying: “That is not fear. It is just Anthony, and I have been burned by him, more than anybody else.
“And I just truly can’t understand how we could schedule another fight after UFC 200, it being four times in two years. He’s got some work to do, man.
“He’s got to gain some trust of his peers. We are his peers. We have to go in there and compete against him, and we don’t trust him.”
If White has his way, then perhaps Johnson will have no choice but to face off against Jones, making Cormier wait even longer for a challenger.
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