Is Daniel Cormier Sitting Until Jon Jones Returns To The UFC?

Published on October 15th, 2015 11:44 pm EST

Earlier this week, UFC Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier revealed that he is planning on taking some time off from mixed martial arts following a gruelling year that included fights against Alexander Gustafsson, Anthony Johnson and Jon "Bones" Jones.

While there is no doubt that Cormier is likely in need of some rest, there is probably also a strategic element to this rest period as well. After all, Daniel Cormier has made no bones (pardon the pun) about the fact that he wants to square off against Jon Jones again. With Daniel Cormier the current Light Heavyweight champion, he likely receives PPV points now and a rematch against the returning Jon Jones would do some very big numbers. Jones is in the midst of returning to the UFC, and is waiting for the UFC to rescind his suspension before formally announcing his return to the Octagon.

For Ryan Bader, this creates a dilemma. Bader has made it clear that he wants the next title shot. Unfortunately for Bader, if he chooses to sit and wait, he will likely be on the sidelines for many months, as the UFC will certainly want to put Jon Jones straight back into a title fight. If Jones returns in say, the summer of 2016, this would mean that Bader might have to wait a year and a half to get his title shot. This doesn't seem very likely.

Anthony "Rumble" Johnson called out Ryan Bader earlier today, saying that the two men should fight and that Bader hasn't beaten anyone in the top 3 as of yet. Bader has gone on record as saying that he doesn't want to fight Johnson, as he would like a title shot instead. Unfortunately for Bader, however, the UFC is likely going to break the bad news that he will not be receiving a title shot anytime soon.

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The fact of the matter is that the UFC has a very big money fight that they are not going to miss out on. If Cormier fought Bader immediately and lost, for instance, a Jon Jones vs Ryan Bader fight would draw quite a bit less money than a Jon Jones vs Daniel Cormier rematch.

Look for Bader to eventually fight Johnson in a #1 contender eliminator fight, possibly on the same card as the Jon Jones vs Daniel Cormier rematch. That way, if either Cormier or Jones gets injured in the lead up to their fight, either Johnson or Bader will be able to step in on short notice.


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