Morning Report: Daniel Cormier requests title shot, Jon Jones says he's not interested

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Newly minted light heavyweight Daniel Cormier didn't impress everyone with his quick stoppage of Patrick Cummins at UFC 170. According to 205 pound champion Jon Jones, Cormier's short work doesn't even get him a sniff at his title.

Telling FOX Sports he 'heard Jones has the ability to say who he wants to fight,' Cormier pleaded with the champ to be considered for a shot at the strap.

"This is a message for Jonny Bones Jones: Hey, Jon. This is Daniel Cormier. Bro. Brother. I'm asking nicely. I'm not aggressive. I'm not trying to be confrontational, Jon. I'm just asking, would you be willing to give me a chance to fight you. Please, Jon. Please, brother. Make the decision."

In response, Jones laid out one chief reason why he doesn't see it happening any time soon.

"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."

With Rashad Evans out until the fall mending a torn ACL, Cormier may need to look at other options. Currently sitting at No. 5 in the rankings, Cormier needs to be Jimi Manuwa's No. 1 fan this weekend. Should Alexander Gustafsson stumble against Manuwa in London, Cormier could leapfrog Phil Davis and Evans based purely on interest alone. With Davis set to face Anthony Johnson at UFC 172 in April, maybe someone like Ryan Bader makes sense. Right inside the top 10, Bader would at least seem to fit Cormier's schedule, having competed at UFC Fight Night 33 just weeks before Cormier.

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