UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier might get another title defense as he has agreed in principle to fight Anthony “Rumble” Johnson. However, Cormier wants the fight to take place at UFC 207 slated on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas.
MMA Fighting reported that Johnson wanted a title shot in Nov. at UFC 205 which will be held at the Madison Square Garden in New York. He sent his message to Cormier through his Facebook account. To which Cormier replied via Twitter saying that Johnson can have his title shot in Dec.
However, UFC president Dana White wants Johnson to face Jon Jones first. That is if USADA lifts Bones’ anti-doping suspension in time for their fight. The winner of their bout would then challenge Cormier for the title. White has yet to announce the main event for UFC 205, but Ariel Helwani noted that it would likely be between featherweight champion Conor McGregor against lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez.
It is not the first time that Johnson and Cormier cross paths. The two first met when Cormier replaced Jones to fight Johnson for the vacant light heavyweight title at UFC 187. It would be remembered that Johnson was to take on Jones, but Jones got stripped of the title due to a felony case.
Cormier then came into the picture as a replacement, who eventually won the contest held in May last year. If Cormier’s wish would be granted to fight Johnson in Dec. it will be a rematch to witness as Johnson guns for redemption.
“When Jon got into trouble and removed from my title fight, I accepted you as an opponent on 3-weeks notice despite the dramatic change in fight style,” Johnson wrote. “You were the better man who took the belt. I didn’t demand an immediate rematch; it was well within my rights to do so.”
It is still unsure when Jones will get a positive response from USADA to set foot inside the Octagon. That is why Johnson is demanding the UFC to skip the Jones-billed fight and let him take on Cormier straight away.
It will be up for the UFC to decide if Johnson is worth the shot against Cormier since UFC 205 has no official main bout. Dana White and the UFC must come with a decision right away since time is of the essence for both fighters to prepare.
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