The heat between "Bones" and "DC" has been increasing over the past few months, with both standouts taking shots at one another through social media and, most recently, the UFC 160 Q&A session that took place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada (watch video here).
"I was on Twitter and Jon Jones took a shot at me," said Cormier. He said 'would someone ask me if I'd started cutting weight yet.... I haven't started cutting weight yet, but we can fight at 220 [pounds] 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."
Jones, who has described Cormier as "relatively unknown," closed his message with the Nick Diaz-inspired hashtag #Wolftickets, suggesting that the undefeated Heavyweight was trying to sell a fight to fans that wasn't genuine. That's because, for now, about 30 pounds separate the pair, even if Jones intends to eventually graduate to Heavyweight shortly after his breaks the 205-pound title defense record that he currently shares with Tito Ortiz.
Cormier, who recently made a successful Octagon debut at the expense of former division champion Frank Mir at UFC on Fox 7 last month, has hinted that he intends to make the cut because his good friend and training partner at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA), Cain Velasquez, is the reigning Heavyweight champion.
However, he would need about "six months" to do it right to avoid a health scare like the one (kidney failure) that knocked him out of the 2008 Olympics. In the meantime, Cormier is open to "big fights" that advance his career.
Jones would certainly fit that bill, but he is currently recovering from a gruesome toe injury suffered in a UFC 159 win over Chael Sonnen that could take "six weeks or six months" more to heal. Regardless, Jones declared that he wants to fight at least twice more in 2013, a schedule that could include Alexander Gustafsson (more here), Dan Henderson or a rematch against Lyoto Machida (or maybe not), depending on how the chips fall in the next few weeks.
"Jon and Anderson would be a good fight," Cormier said. "Regardless of 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."
Indeed, it appears that Cormier -- who vowed to put Jones on his back -- will have to take a number and get in line for the opportunity to one day compete against Jones. To shorten that path it would seem that Cormier would have to knock off a top Light Heavyweight contender and elevate his status.
Until then, it would seem, Cormier will have to deal with the fat boy jokes and continue to beat his Jones war drum, waiting patiently until their paths intersect inside the Octagon (not at MMA award shows) at a date -- and weight -- to be determined.