Cormier went on Fox Sports' Great Debate MMA podcast last week and asked for a title shot (transcribed by David St. Martin at MMA Fighting):
"This is a message for Jonny Bones Jones: Hey, Jon. This is Daniel Cormier. Bro. Brother. I'm asking nicely. I'm not aggressive. I'm not trying to be confrontational, Jon. I'm just asking, would you be willing to give me a chance to fight you. Please, Jon. Please, brother. Make the decision."
Jones' reply? No what Cormier hoped to hear:
"My response to [Cormier] is: Hey, DC. I really respect what you've done with losing that weight. I think that's extremely inspirational to a lot of people. It shows what type of heart you have that you're willing to sacrifice those meals and get yourself to 205 [pounds].
"First and foremost, since you're speaking more respectfully, I'll say congratulations on your victory and your weight loss. But as far as giving you a title shot, I have no interest in fighting you right now, only because of the fact that you really haven't fought anyone that I consider a top level fighter. I'm kind of sick of seeing UFC light heavyweights fight against kind of like 'cans' until they get a title shot. I really want to see a top contender fight a top contender and I think you need to fight someone a little bit more well-known than Patrick Cummins. Fight against Rashad [Evans], fight against somebody legit, man. Then I think it would be a little more appropriate to give you that title shot."