The beef between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier has been cooking for a while now.
The Strikeforce Grand Prix Champion hasn't been too shy to voice his thoughts on the young champion on multiple media platforms, while "Bones" has returned the volley by largely dismissing the idea of Cormier being an actual threat to his title.
The situation gained intensity following the former Olympian's victory over Dion Staring at Strikeforce's curtain-call show. Cormier used his post-fight interview to lay out his plan for 2010. The AKA product revealed he wanted to face former two-time heavyweight champion Frank Mir in his UFC debut, then drop down to 205 pounds and "kick Jon Jones' ass in the fall."
While Cormier's statements made the rounds on MMA media headlines, the plan appears to have stalled for the time being. Following his victory over Mir at UFC on Fox 7, the Louisiana native was reluctant to commit to a drop down to light heavyweight and suggested he would like to compete at heavyweight again for his next bout.
With the biggest issue at hand being his weight loss, Cormier stated he would like to make a slow drop toward the 205-pound limit by coming in lighter for his next outing before making the jump down to the next division.
As news of the heavyweight contender's decision to stay home in his division has circulated over the past couple of days, Jones decided to launch a shot in his direction.
The 25-year-old pound-for-pound phenom took to his Twitter account to check on the current status of Cormier's move down to the light heavyweight division.
"D.C. start cutting yet?" was the message Jones sent out into the Twitterverse.
While the tweet appears to have been deleted by the champion a short time later, the message is proof Jones now has the former wrestling standout from Oklahoma State on his radar.
Whether or not Jones' message motivates Cormier to alter courses and make the drop down remains to be seen, but the 34-year-old's dreams of becoming a champion could certainly serve to expedite the process.
"D.C." has been adamant with his refusal to face friend and teammate Cain Velasquez inside the Octagon. With the heavyweight champion set to defend his title in three weeks against Antonio Silva, there is a strong chance Velasquez's reign will carry out at least until the end of the year, if not much further. With that being the case, Cormier acclimating to a lighter weight class sooner rather than later would seem to be to his advantage.
Will Cormier decide to take another fight at heavyweight? Or will the Strikeforce convert take his undefeated record down to contest for Jones' title?
Whereas Cormier's early jabs appeared to go unnoticed, it is now clear he has the young champion's attention. And with no clear contender waiting for the next shot at Jones, the time could be right for Cormier to make his move.