UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is used to people eyeing his title and answering questions about potential challengers, but when he was asked about a potential match up down the line with former Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix champion Daniel Cormier, Jones dismissed Cormier as a serious contender for his title and dismissed the current heavyweight as irrelevant in the division.
“[Cormier] is a guy who really wants to be famous. I don’t think he wants to work hard. I think he just wants to be famous,” Jones said, via MMA Junkie. “You can see it in his physique; you can see it in his card.
“He’s trying to get his Twitter followers up. That’s about it.”
Jones continued to seem irritated by the question of whether Cormier deserved a shot at the 205-pound with a win over Roy Nelson and he made it clear that it was not a question he was interested in answering.
“I hate answering questions about him,” Jones said. “He’s just not relevant to me. There’s so many great fighters in the light-heavyweight division. He’s not even top five in his division. I’m not sure if he is.
“He has, like, 20,000 Twitter followers. He has short reach, bad cardio (and) he looked terrible in his last fight. It’s like, I’m not worried about him at all.”
While Jones may want to take cracks at Cormier and make fun of his “Twitter game”, the 26-year-old needs to take the heavyweight seriously. If Cormier can make the drop to light heavyweight, then he could be the toughest challenge that Jones has faced in his career.
Of course, Jones really doesn’t need to even think of worrying about Cormier until he gets past Nelson and Jones is successful in his own defense against Alexander Gustafsson, so perhaps avoiding the Cormier questions is the best strategy for now.
After all, the last thing Jones needs to be doing is overlooking Gustafsson.