The UFC light heavyweight champion needs to take some time to recover from a busy few years and that's just fine with UFC president Dana White.
According to Cormier, he and White have agreed to not even discuss a return against Jones until sometime next year.
"I don't want to start a fight camp right now," Cormier told FOX Sports. "I want to relax through the holidays with my family and when I told that to Dana and [UFC CEO] Lorenzo Fertitta, they were very open about it. They said 'get through your holiday and then we'll see what happens'. They said 'it's awesome DC, you had a great year, now you can get through your holiday and see what happens next.
"I needed it. I'm 36 fighting these young guys and it's tough. I fought the best this division has to offer all over the span of 10 months. I need a break and I'm going to take it."
With Jones returned from suspension, booking the rematch between he and Cormier is just a formality.
"I'll probably wait until after the holidays to start talking to Dana and Lorenzo about another fight," said Cormier. "Once you've got a date, everything changes because now even though a date may be six months away, you're still thinking about the fight. You're like 'when does training camp start? Who do I need to bring in to prepare for this fight? It's like immediately on your mind.
"So don't give me a date, don't give me any of that, let me get through the holidays and we'll see what happens."
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"Luke Thomas is Pissed", this time on the death of Grantland, the awfulness of Greg Hardy and more:
I had a great time In Brasil thanks for everybody for the support— glover teixeira (@gloverteixeira) November 8, 2015
Vitoria first round VAMO BRASIL!!!! @ Ufc. Ginasio Do Ibirapuera São Paulo https://t.co/O3HgkOujdk— Thomas Almeida (@ThomasalmeidaCB) November 8, 2015
Corey Anderson UFC (@CoreyA_MMA) November 8, 2015
Uma imagem que não precisa de legenda. ------------------------ Just One picture, dont need day... https://t.co/OFhVY5UWoH— Thiago Tavares UFC (@TavaresMMA) November 8, 2015
Thank you @kevinsouzamma for a great fight! Guy is tough as nails!!— Chas Skelly (@ChasSkelly) November 8, 2015
Viscardi Andrade (@viscardiandrade) November 8, 2015
Jimmie Rivera (@JimmieRivera135) November 8, 2015
When u have a vision and u see that vision come true, it shows u that anything can happen, u can go and do it all! pic.twitter.com/7UTNF1l6gE— Matheus Nicolau (@NicolauMatheus) November 8, 2015
Better luck next time.
Tough one tonight, but I left it all in there.Thanks for all the support. Congrats to @gloverteixeira he's a hell of a competitor.— Patrick Cummins (@OfficialDurkin) November 8, 2015
Anthony Birchak (@abirchakMMA) November 8, 2015
Thank you all for the support you guys unfortunately I lose que fight, but all the glory to God! I will be back soon with a lot of hard work and a lot of dedication thanks #TeamDurinho
Obrigado a todos pela torcida infelizmente a vitória não veio! To muito triste, mas Glória a Deus por... https://t.co/kMxndWShib— Gilbert DurinhoBurns (@GilbertDurinho) November 8, 2015
Where is Herb Dean and Big John when you need em? Let me go to sleep or tap! This is The Ultimate Fighting Championship!— Abel Trujillo (@AbelTrujillo1) November 8, 2015
Tito Ortiz (@titoortiz) November 7, 2015
Josh Thomson (@THEREALPUNK) November 7, 2015
Who d fuck is DADA 5000?!!!!— Georgi Karakhanyan (@georgimma) November 7, 2015
It would be cool if bellator put that money they are spending on developing new talent instead of selling freak show old guy fights— ike vallie-flagg (@IKEVF) November 7, 2015
I love pro wrestling and I love MMA but when u put them together u get the mess that is @BellatorMMA and u make both look stupid— Joseph Valtellini (@BazookaJoeV) November 7, 2015
Jesus Christ is this 1993? ***Side note: I'm still going to watch— James Krause (@TheJamesKrause) November 7, 2015
Rewatched my fight , won that fight for sure this is kickboxing not muay thai, scored with lowkicks and punches GLORY_WS #blocksdontcount— robin van roosmalen (@robinvroosmalen) November 9, 2015
Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) November 7, 2015
Well I was partially right, a former flyweight texted Sean Shelby asking for Almeida 2 seconds ago, guts #UFCFightNight— Brian Stann (@BrianStann) November 8, 2015
Cris Cyborg (@criscyborg) November 8, 2015
Michael Chandler (@MikeChandlerMMA) November 8, 2015
Serious, this time.
DONATE TO SEE ME CHOP OFF MY HAIR!! all proceeds go to @CancerTrainOrg link in my bio!! We need $10,000 by Nov 16th!!— Paige VanZant (@PaigeVanzantUFC) November 9, 2015
@ItMonkeyWrench I did. I said if I ever made it into the UFC I would love to donate my hair for a cancer charity.— Paige VanZant (@PaigeVanzantUFC) November 9, 2015
I never had a charity or date set. You are welcome to join a good cause. Twitter champ. Do something! @ItMonkeyWrench— Paige VanZant (@PaigeVanzantUFC) November 9, 2015
I care. :)— Paige VanZant (@PaigeVanzantUFC) November 9, 2015
Back to school.
I had a great day yesterday with the future of Albuquerque! pic.twitter.com/8Ngamvixhc— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) November 6, 2015
Chris Weidman (@ChrisWeidmanUFC) November 6, 2015
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