Just in case a light heavyweight title fight between Jon "Bones" Jones and Alexander Gustafsson doesn't work out, the champion has a backup plan in mind: heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier.
Jones went for the jugular when he called out "DC" on Twitter Friday morning:
Someone ask DC when his diet starts #Wolftickets— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 24, 2013
Cormier got his bout with Mir in at UFC on Fox 7 on April 20th, winning a fairly lackluster decision. Since then, the American Kickboxing Academy standout has been tepid about a move to light heavyweight.
The 34-year-old, who never got a chance to compete in the 2008 Olympic due to kidney failure, has stated he wants to cut the weight the right way to avoid any health complications.
Coincidentally, Cormier hosted the UFC 160 Fan Club Question & Answer session Friday night and made it a point to answer Jones' call-out:
I haven't started cutting weight yet, but we can fight at 220 tomorrow if you want. He can walk in off the street and fight at whatever he weighs. Let's get in the Octagon, Jon, you and I.
Nevertheless, Cormier remained complimentary of Jones, stating that he believes he would come out victorious in a superfight with middleweight champ Anderson Silva:
Jon and Anderson would be a good fight. I mean, you know man, regardless what you think of Jon Jones personally ... whether you like him or you don't like him, he's a fantastic fighter. I truly believe Jones, he's the best ... he's the best. Anderson is going to be too small and Jon's a good wrestler, he's a great finisher ... I think Jon would beat Anderson.
Cormier currently boasts a 12-0 professional mixed martial arts record, including eight finishes. He indicated that he would like to fight the winner of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Fabricio Werdum, who headline UFC on Fuel 10 next month.
Meanwhile, Bones has won nine fights in a row, tying Tito Ortiz's record of five consecutive title defenses with his TKO over Chael Sonnen at UFC 159 in April.
Will Jones versus Cormier finally settle their beef in the Octagon sometime in the next year, or is this long-awaited match up still a long way off?