Daniel Cormier: ‘Jon Jones isn't afraid of anybody’

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sp

UFC light-heavyweight Daniel Cormier made it clear that he does not believe Jon Jones is ducking anyone in the UFC.

Although Daniel Cormier is no longer in the discussion for an immediate title shot, he does not believe that champion Jon Jones is ducking him, or anyone else in the light-heavyweight division.

The former Strikeforce Grand Prix champion was named as a potential challenger for Jones' title, as 'Bones' was interested in a fresh match-up with him rather than a rematch against Alexander Gustafsson.  Since it was clear that Cormier was being used as a negotiation tool for Jones to leverage a better contract, the AKA product kept a realistic outlook on the entire situation.

"As hopeful as I was, as excited as I was, I'm still a realist. I knew the chances of it happening weren't very big," Cormier told FOX Sports. "Everything is what you make it. If I'm going to be down in the dumps, sad, disappointed, it's going to have an overall effect in my life. It will have an effect on me, it will have an effect on my family, it will have an effect on my kids, it will have an effect on my friendships. So if I'm able to keep things in perspective, if I'm able to maintain a positive outlook on everything, it makes it easier to deal with."

Jones' reluctance to sign the contract against Gustafsson until two days ago led some fans to assume that he was ducking the rematch in favour of a match-up against Cormier. 'DC' quickly disagreed and stated that Jones is not afraid of anybody and is the champion 'for a reason.'

"Jon Jones isn't afraid of anybody," Cormier said. "I think that's what we kind of miss in this whole 'he's ducking this guy, he's ducking that guy', Jon Jones isn't ducking anybody. He's the champion of the world for a reason and that's because he's good.

"I think it's posturing more than anything. We don't know his compensation package, we don't know what he makes, what he wants to make, we don't know if his decision was based on they didn't sell as many pay-per-views as he wanted. You don't know. There's so many things that go into those types of things."

Cormier revealed several weeks ago that he considering surgery to repair an issue with his LCL and ACL, but is hoping to avoid it by undergoing some rehabilitation. He will also take part in an exhibition wrestling match against two-time NCAA wrestling champion Chris Pendleton at the UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas on July 5.

Jones vs. Gustafsson II is scheduled to take place September 27, at UFC 178.

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