Daniel Cormier says interim title fight between Jon Jones and Anthony Johnson would "make no sense"
Jones has not been stripped of his interim light-heavyweight title despite failing a drug test which ruled him out of UFC 20017:00 Wednesday 14 September 2016, 17:00 14 Sep 2016
UFC light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has rubbished claims that Jon Jones will fight Anthony Johnson for the interim light-heavyweight title.
Jones is the current holder of the interim light-heavyweight title and was scheduled to fight Daniel Cormier in a unification bout at UFC 200. However in the build-up to the landmark event, USADA revealed that Jones had failed a drug test, ruling him out of the fight and Anderson Silva was forced to step in at late notice.
Speaking to Sirius radio Cormier said that a fight between the two simply wouldn't be logical.
"I hope to God Dana misspoke, because that makes absolutely no sense," he said. "They aren't fighting for some interim title if they fight. They can fight in the main event because it's a big fight but it's a fun fight.
"If they fight, they fight to determine the number one contender it's not some interim championship fight. That makes no sense at all... You'd have an interim champion defending the interim championship while the actual champion is actually still there. That makes no sense whatsoever."
Cormier went on to confirm that he would not be fighting at UFC 205 in New York, with the landmark card still yet to be fully filled.
"At this point [that]'s not being discussed. Honestly, that window is gone for me. I need like 10 to 12 weeks because I enjoy my time away from the Octagon. I hang with my family, we go on vacation, we do fun things and I tend to eat quite a bit when I'm on vacation...So that time for me is gone.
"I couldn't compete to the best of my ability in New York. I wouldn't be comfortable taking a fight there."
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