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Jon Jones still wants to fight at UFC 197: 'Heavyweight, light heavyweight, it doesn’t matter'

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Jon Jones doesn't want to wait around for the return of Daniel Cormier.

Less than a day after Cormier, the reigning UFC light heavyweight champion, was forced to withdraw from his scheduled April 23 rematch against Jones at UFC 197 due to injury, "Bones" broke his silence by directing a message towards Cormier on Twitter, then issuing a challenge to all fighters in the heavyweight and light heavyweight divisions to keep the UFC 197 train rolling.

"Hey, y'all know I'm not into taking last-minute fights," Jones added on Instagram. "It's not the way me and my trainers do things. But this last year has been real crazy, and I feel like I owe my fans so much. So, UFC, whether you've got a heavyweight, light heavyweight, it doesn't matter. Let's keep this main event going. Send them my way."

UFC officials have yet to make an official announcement on Cormier's injury.

The situation comes just days after Jones (21-1) was arrested for violating the terms of his probation as the result of a controversial traffic stop by officer Jason Brown of the Albuquerque Police Department. Jones received five tickets for the incident, including one for drag racing. Body camera footage also captured Jones calling Brown a "f*cking liar" and a "pig" during a heated exchange.

After serving two days in jail, Jones was released Thursday and sentenced to attend courses for driver improvement and anger management, along with 60 additional hours of community service and restrictions on his driving abilities.

The UFC issued a statement that the organization was "disappointed" and "concerned" by Jones' latest run-in with the law, but it would still allow his rematch against Cormier at UFC 197 to continue as planned.

That won't matter now though, as Cormier is sidelined for the immediate future due to an injury suffered in training. However the situation may work to the benefit of fellow light heavyweight contender Anthony Johnson, who was said to be "ready just in case" someone couldn't fight at UFC 197.

UFC 197 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. A flyweight title bout between UFC champion Demetrious Johnson and Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo remains on the card.

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