The MMA world thought the reason Jon Jones hadn’t signed his contract to fight Alexander Gustafsson was because he was negotiating a new contract with the UFC. That apparently isn’t the case.
In an interview with UFC.com, president Dana White said that Jones doesn’t want to fight Gustafsson and prefers to fight Daniel Cormier.
“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,” White said to UFC.com. “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.”
Gustafsson and Jones had epic contest at UFC 165 in September, with Jones winning a very close decision. A lot of people in the media scored the fight for Gustafsson. The rematch seemed like all but a formality after he defeated Jimi Manuwa in March and Jones defeated Glover Teixeira in April at UFC 172. The UFC had planned for the rematch to take place at UFC 177 at the end of August.
Cormier last fought at the aforementioned UFC 173, when he defeated Dan Henderson by third round submission to extend his unbeaten streak to 15.
White said if Jones doesn’t want the contract to fight Gustafsson, then pitting the Swede against Cormier could be the fight to make next.