It's safe to assume that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White won't hail Jon Jones' request to fight Daniel Cormier -- not Alexander Gustafsson -- as "bad ass" like when he picked Glover Teixeira over "The Mauler" rematch (read full details here).
In fact, White "doesn't like" the latest demand from "Bones," who promised to give the Swede -- who pushed him to the brink in a controversial bout at UFC 165 in Sept. 2013 -- a second shot after the victory over Teixiera at UFC 172 six weeks ago.
But, Jones is apparently having second thoughts, according to recent comments from White on "The Download:"
"Just to clear up a couple things, people think we're in contract negotiations with Jon Jones -- we're not. Jon Jones still has five fights left on his contract. So what we're doing right now is trying to get him to sign the bout agreement for Gustafsson. He doesn't want to fight Gustafsson.... Lorenzo and I have a meeting with Jones on Thursday to get him to sign the bout agreement, and he's asking to fight Cormier instead."
It's pretty clear that Cormier -- if healthy -- would be more than willing to fight Jones -- he said as much after his destruction of Dan Henderson at UFC 173 last month. In fact, "DC" once declared their eventual showdown "inevitable," which was before whispers surfaced about their heated run-in at an awards show last year (read full details here).
Meanwhile, Jones still doesn't want to "talk about that kid," Gustafsson.
But, he's going to have no choice later this week when he's summoned to Zuffa headquarters to talk turkey with his bosses, who have already scheduled Jones to defend his 205-pound title at UFC 177 inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Aug. 30, 2014.
Will Jon Jones again get who Jon Jones wants next or will UFC call his bluff and book Alexander Gustafsson vs. Daniel Cormier instead?