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Daniel Cormier inks eight-fight UFC deal, noncommittal on Big Apple 'Bones' bash

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Cart before the horse?

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Daniel Cormier is here to stay.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion recently signed a new, eight-fight contract extension with the world's leading mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, one that is likely to take him through the remainder of his combat sports career.

"DC" breaks it down for MMA Junkie Radio:

"I didn’t really have to play the game. They were very fair to me. I just had to be myself and be honest.  I was like, ‘This is what I feel like we deserve as a guy that’s done everything he’s supposed to and carried himself like a professional athlete should carry himself,’ and they said, ‘You know what, you’re right,’ and they pretty much just gave it to me, which is awesome. I’m 36 years old, I don’t even know if I can get through eight fights, but it’s a new eight-fight contract."

As for his first title defense?

Cormier won't commit to a New York City rematch against Jon Jones, because the former 205-pound titleholder, according to the Olympian, is undeserving of that spot after coming off a tumultuous year of legal trouble (details) and poor public relations (more on that here).

Simply put, don't expect any formal announcements until "after the holidays."