Apr 21, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Jon Jones reacts to beating Rashad Evans in the main event and light heavyweight title bout during UFC 145 at Philips Arena. Jon Jones won the bout by unanimous decision. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE
With Daniel Cormier's recent bid for a TUF coaching spot opposite Jon Jones, comes a healthy amount of speculation, but one thing has flown completely under the radar. Jones has already stated in a radio interview for ESPN, that he would like to fight the Strikeforce heavyweight champion. Jon joined ESPN Radio Los Angeles with Max and Marcellus in early July and talked about future fights. Thanks to Deadspin for the interview transcription and following quote:
There's a few guys on my radar that aren't necessarily big names but they're great athletes. Daniel Cormier, he's the champion of Strikeforce, I mentioned fighting him and he's an Olympic level wrestler and I think he would give me a great challenge which is why I'm here.
Now I know that Jones tends to go back and forth, and has a penchant for being a little forgetful in what he says in previous interviews, but I'd reallly like to see this fight, and judging by the response to Cormier's call to action, I'm not alone. If ever there were a great fight to be made at 205, based on raw talent, I think this one is the bout I'd most like to see. If you're reading this Dana White, I'm putting in my official request now. Let's make this a reality!
Here's the original audio from the ESPN interview (Go to 6:15 mark):