Interim title! Daniel Cormier offers to fight Alexander Gustafsson for temporary tag while Jon Jones drags his feet

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sp

Because the show must go on.

Meet Daniel Cormier. Wrestler, mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, problem solver.

"DC" has a solution for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) if its light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, doesn't want to sign his new contract.

And according to the Olympian, it actually works out in "Bones'" favor.

Cormier has offered to fight 205-pound No. 1 contender Alexander Gustafsson for the interim title, to keep the line moving while also giving Jones time to sort out whatever issues he's having when it comes to signing on the dotted line.

From (via MMA Fighting):

"I know this will probably be unpopular, but if [Jones] won't sign, whether it be for money or a lack of wanting to fight the kid, I'll fight Alexander Gustafsson. But it should be for the interim title. If they're putting a belt on the line, I don't care what date it is. It was never about Jones, I just want the title. Besides, it'll work out better for [Jones]; he won't have to fight both of us."

Jones has already been scheduled for his next title defense against "The Mauler" for the upcoming UFC 177 pay-per-view (PPV) event on August 30, 2014 inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Unfortunately, Gustafsson is the only one to put pen to paper.

And UFC President Dana White is not happy about it.

I would expect Jones to get a little more time before drastic measures are considered, but at least we know Cormier -- fresh off a UFC 173 beat down of Dan Henderson -- is up for a new challenger.

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