It's been a roller coaster week for Daniel Cormier. After UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones campaigned to face Cormier rather than No. 1 contender Alexander Gustafsson, that glimmer of hope was snuffed out Thursday with official word that the rematch would go down Sept. 27 at UFC 178 in Toronto.
"Just got word Jones is fighting Gustafson again in September," Cormier posted to Instagram. "So I will enjoy this brownie, spend some time with my family and get my knee fixed. It'll all work out. We will be the champion."
In addition to wishing Jones luck in his title defense, Cormier made it clear he isn't interested in taking the title from Gustafsson.
UFC 178 takes place Sept. 27, 2014 from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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It's on!— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) June 6, 2014
Good luck @JonnyBones get er done! See u next year! DC— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) June 6, 2014
Cool experience being honored by the State of California at the capital. Was able to sneak on the roof 4 a photo pic.twitter.com/ix8QWpgWLI— TJ Dillashaw (@TJDillashaw) June 6, 2014
Unbelievable Appreciation I have for Shannon Knapp and Invicta! I am very proud to be apart the this team!... http://t.co/RQcwivROhu— Cris Cyborg (@criscyborg) June 6, 2014
First EVER meal comped because I'm in the UFC. Thank you Buffalo Wild Wings, your $13.03 contribution has been greatly appreciated.— James Krause (@TheJamesKrause) June 5, 2014
Not too quiet.
I'm the most brutal and most vicious and most ruthless champion theirs ever been, theirs no that can stop me. Brandao pic.twitter.com/DLO0UI7yeY— Diego Brandao (@DiegoBrandaoMMA) June 6, 2014
Cat Zingano (@CatZingano) June 5, 2014
Making Duffee look tiny.
Old school video of me in the kill box. Objective... Don't get shot. http://t.co/VQusWtk9XY— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) June 6, 2014
Slaps = drinks.
This here is my fat friend Wood that everyone is supposed to slap after my fights. Study him & remember. Free drinks! pic.twitter.com/MRWzZv9sun— Matt Mitrione (@mattmitrione) June 5, 2014
Announced yesterday (June 5 2014)
Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 178
FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Da Headbanger.
These prelims aren't going to be epic by any means, but there are a few things worth keeping your eye on. Many consider Sergio Pettis to be a future star akin to his brother. Bobby Voelker and Lance Benoist are prone to fits of entertaining violence. And y'all remember that one dude that got decimated by Daniel Cormier on short notice? Yep. Patrick Cummins gets a real chance to show what he is actually capable of. That is, if you care.
It should be worth noting that all of the fights except for the Cummins-Narvaez fight will be on Fox Sports 1 with the lone exception on the Fight Pass.
Story Thus Far: Pettis has a hell of a hype train behind him being the little brother (physically and literally) of the lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and opening his career up with 10 straight wins. He fell short against Alex Caceres in his sophmore UFC effort, but it was a highly entertaining scrap that did nothing to deter the excitement in most pundits for the 20 year old out of Roufusport. The sky seems to be the limit.
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