Former Oklahoma State wrestler Daniel Cormier, the UFC light heavyweight champion, said after the UFC 197 on Saturday night that he wants to avenge his only loss and fight Jon Jones at UFC 200, but he'll need to be medically cleared from a doctor first.
Cormier said he'll see his doctor Monday and if he's given the green light, he wants to fight July 9 in Las Vegas at T-Mobile Arena.
"I'm going to see the doctor Monday, and if they say, 'Daniel Cormier is OK to compete in 11 weeks at UFC 200,' I'll be there," Cormier said at the close of the show as a message to Jones. "I'll be there with my championship belt, with my red wraps on my glove as I come out second and you wait for me to walk to the Octagon. We meet here live from the T-Mobile Arena, the brand new arena out here in Las Vegas, and we unify these titles."
Jones defeated Ovince Saint Preux in the main event of UFC 197 by a five-round unanimous decision at MGM Grand to win the interim title. Cormier was suppose to fight Jones but he suffered a leg injury three weeks ago and Saint Preux stepped in.
Cormier and Jones have a well-documented history. The two got into a brawl at a press conference for UFC 178 in 2014 when Cormier stepped in for an injured Alexander Gustafsson. But that was their only fight in 2014 as Jones pulled out of the fight citing a leg injury. The two heated rivals eventually fought at UFC 182 in January 2015 with Jones winning by five-round unanimous decision. Cormier won the title against Anthony Johnson via rear-naked choke submission in the third round four months later at UFC 187 after Jones was stripped of the belt due to a felony hit-and-run arrest.
The UFC is currently without a main event for UFC 200 after the promotion pulled Conor McGregor from the card last week when he refused to travel from Iceland to Las Vegas to promote the fight.
"Don't bring that interim belt, Cormier said. "You leave that at home. That's garbage. That's a play belt. They got that thing from the kiosk upstairs before they gave that to you in the middle of the Octagon. Leave that thing at home, Jon. Come chase this real title, and get beat, and I'll ship you back to Albuquerque."
If Cormier does fight Jones at UFC 200, he won't be the only former Cowboy wrestler on the card. Johnny Hendricks, a former UFC Welterweight champion, is scheduled to fight Kelvin Gastelum. The two-time NCAA champion is coming off a first-round TKO loss to Stephen Thompson in February.