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UFC champ Jon Jones to Daniel Cormier: 'I have no interest in fighting you right now'

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UFC Light Heavyweight Daniel Cormier asked Jon Jones for a title shot on Fox's MMA Great Debate Podcast last week and Jon Jones replied, "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."

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Well we can add UFC Light Heavyweight champ Jon Jones to the list of critics who don't think beating Pat Cummins in his 205 pound debut is enough to earn Daniel Cormier a title shot.

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."

Jones faces Glover Teixeira at UFC 172.

SBN coverage of UFC 172: Jones vs. Teixeira