Jon Jones will be conceded a prompt title shot against champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 on July 29 if he’s prepared to accept the challenge.
That is the word from UFC president Dana White, who says he’s prepared to pull the trigger on the Jones versus Cormier rematch for the up and coming card in Anaheim, yet everything relies on upon the former champion accepting the fight. “Cormier is available to fight on July 8, but that time frame doesn’t work for Jon Jones,” White told ESPN. “Cormier already told me he’s willing to fight either Jones or [Jimi] Manuwa.
“If Jon Jones is ready to fight [by UFC 214] on July 29, we’ll see the Jones versus Cormier rematch, finally.”
Jones has been out of activity since last April when he won a consistent ruling against Ovince Saint-Preux to assert the break light heavyweight title.
He was later stripped of the belt when Jones tried positive for a prohibited substance in front of UFC 200, which constrained him out of his beforehand booked rematch with Cormier.
Jones was rebuffed with a one year suspension for the episode yet he will be qualified to come back to activity in July.
The previous champion has communicated enthusiasm for confronting Cormier promptly yet has additionally alluded to taking a tune up battle in the wake of sitting out for as far back as year.
White later expressed that if Jones isn’t willing to acknowledge the rematch with Cormier on July 29 then the UFC is prepared to concede graceless British slugger Jimi Manuwa the shot.
“Jimi wants Cormier,” White said. “They got into it at UFC 210 and Jimi told me he’s never been talked to like that before. We’ll see how this plays out.”
Cormier and Manuwa have backpedaled and forward in a war of words over web-based social networking with the light heavyweight champion additionally disclosing to FOX Sports that he would make short work of the 37-year old veteran if they venture into the Octagon together.
“Jimi needs to calm down. Jimi needs to quiet down before he gets it. Jimi needs to shut his mouth before he gets what he’s asking for and when he gets what he’s asking for it’s very unpleasant,” Cormier said.
“He doesn’t need this. He truly does not need what he supposes he’s requesting.”