Jon Jones doesn't want to fight Anderson Silva. Anderson Silva doesn't want to fight Jon Jones. Anderson Silva doesn't want to fight Chris Weidman. Jon Jones turned down a fight with Chael Sonnen leading to the cancellation of the entire UFC 151 event. Stephan Bonnar and Rashad Evans both turned down fights with Glover Teixiera.
Times, they are a'changing in the UFC. The occasional fight being turned down is nothing new, but the sheer volume of news these days that revolves around big names and the fights that they won't take has certainly increased over the past year as fighters take a bit more control of their careers.
And it appears that we can now add the idea of Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier out the window as Jones doesn't think he's big enough to coach The Ultimate Fighter against, which would also indicate that he's not "big enough" for the two men to meet in the cage:
"I'd be interested in a TUF season in the future, but it'd take the right opponent," Jones told ESPN in a recent interview. "As far as Daniel Cormier saying he wants to coach against me, he would want that wouldn't he?
"He's relatively unknown, I want to do it when the fans are aware of both guys, and when it's spunky and when it raises a lot of viewers. I'm not here to raise his stock."
Cormier had a small response on twitter:
I guess I need to win a few fights and get some fans. Can anyone help me out. Ok no problem! DC— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) October 15, 2012
Someone might want to tell Jon that not enough people are watching TUF these days to raise anyone's profile.