Daniel Cormier finally made the big weight cut to 205lbs at UFC 170 where he fought Patrick Cummins and decimated him. His road to Jon Jones might not be as clear cut as he thought, though, as his original opponent in Rashad Evans would send him to Jon Jones, but Cummins? According to Jon Jones, Patrick Cummins wasn’t enough. The carrot that was dangled just got held out a bit further for DC, it seems. [source]
“My response to [Cormier] is: Hey, DC. I really respect what you’ve done with losing that weight. I think that’s extremely inspirational to a lot of people. It shows what type of heart you have that you’re willing to sacrifice those meals and get yourself to 205 [pounds].
“First and foremost, since you’re speaking more respectfully, I’ll say congratulations on your victory and your weight loss. But as far as giving you a title shot, I have no interest in fighting you right now, only because of the fact that you really haven’t fought anyone that I consider a top level fighter. I’m kind of sick of seeing UFC light heavyweights fight against kind of like ‘cans’ until they get a title shot. I really want to see a top contender fight a top contender and I think you need to fight someone a little bit more well-known than Patrick Cummins. Fight against Rashad [Evans], fight against somebody legit, man. Then I think it would be a little more appropriate to give you that title shot.”