Last week on Kenny Florian and Jon Anik’s podcast, UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier was asked what his immediate agenda looks like.
Cormier’s response was, R&R.
“I fought [Anthony] ‘Rumble’ Johnson, and I fought Alexander Gustafsson,” Cormier stated. “I fought the toughest guys the division has to offer, all in 10 months, at 36 years old. I need a little break.”
Cormier has competed eight times since 2013, making him one of the most active superstars on the UFC roster. He’s fought three times against the division’s top dogs this year alone, all in championship affairs so he had to prepare for five-round wars.
Throw in the fact that Cormier clocks 37 in just five months and it’s understandable why he wants some time off.
The UFC is likely fine with a little hiatus since they still haven’t reinstated former champ Jon Jones following April’s hit-and-run felony arrest. Jones was stripped of his title after his latest legal mishap, but is expected to get an immediate crack to recapture his crown as soon as the UFC comes calling.
Jones is also fine with Cormier’s request for a mini vacation. “Bones” ain’t going anywhere.
“Take as much time as you want, the fire inside of me won’t be dying down anytime soon. #AndStill,” Jones posted on Twitter late Monday night.
It is believed Cormier wants to wait until UFC 200 to face Jones. The July 9 show will be of the box office variety, which will be accompanied by a blockbuster payday for the both of them.
Jones dominated Cormier this past January in the most anticipated light heavyweight title bout in UFC history.
(UPDATED: 10/20/15 at 5:14AM PT)
Cormier caught wind of Jones’ tweet and promptly responded:
I will take my time. I’ve been fighting against the best in the world not dealing with nonsense. Our time is coming. #growup #urnotakid