UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones appears to be having trouble finding opponents. One fighter who wouldn’t decline such a meeting is Strikeforce heavyweight Daniel Cormier.
Cormier, who claimed the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix title earlier this year, is set to meet Frank Mir in his final fight with the promotion before joining the ranks of the UFC. In an interview with BJPenn.com, “DC” said he would be willing to trade blows with “Bones” inside the Octagon.
“Right now, no one wants to fight Jon Jones, but shit, I’ll do it; I’ll fight Jon Jones,” Cormier said. “Guys are turning down the fight; you have to go to an old-school fighter like Vitor Belfort to step up to the plate. That’s no knock on (Lyoto) Machida or Shogun (Rua), but if those guys want to coach on The Ultimate Fighter, (then) move off to the side and let me fight Jones. I’ll do it. If no one wants the title shot, give it to Daniel!”
Cormier has said previously that if Cain Velasquez captures the UFC heavyweight title, he would not meet Velasquez, a close friend and training partner at American Kickboxing Academy. Instead, the former Olympian would try to make light heavyweight and possibly face Jones for the belt.
Jones is set to face Belfort at UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort on September 22. No official date for Cormier-Mir has been confirmed by Strikeforce.