Daniel Cormier says he’s going to kick Jon Jones’ ass in the fall


Daniel Cormier came out looking quite impressive in his last Strikeforce bout ever, albeit against an overmatched opponent in Dion Staring. Most of the focus surrounding Cormier has been centered around just what he will do when he makes his entrance into the UFC. Following his win last night, Cormier wasted no time in addressing that topic. He called out for former scheduled opponent Frank Mir for a bout at UFC on Fox April 20th:

“I signed my UFC contract. April 20 on Fox, Frank Mir, let’s do it. It was supposed to happen, and we were supposed to fight in Oklahoma, so he owes it to me.”

Mir is healing up from the knee injury that forced him out of his bout with Cormier. A bout against the former UFC Heavyweight champion may be just what a surging fighter like Cormier needs to test himself in the deep waters of the UFC’s upper echelons. Mir himself is not against the bout, stating the following at Friday’s World MMA Awards, courtesy of MMA.tv:

“I think it’s an excellent test for him. I think, you know, always be careful what you wish for. I think that his wrestling will definitely be tested in our fight. My submissions have the ability to definitely change outcomes of fights pretty quickly.”

Mir’s submissions may be a danger to Cormier’s unscathed record, but then again, Josh Barnett’s were supposed to be as well. Cormier has also been rumored to be considering a move down to 205 for a meeting with champ Jon Jones, and confirmed this last night:

“I’m going to let Jon defend his belt on April 27. And then I’m going to kick his ass in the fall.”

Cormier has his sights set on two high profile UFC fighters, and should get those bouts. Strikeforce announcer Pat Miletich ended Cormier’s bout last night by saying a fight with Mir would be awesome, but Cormier would most likely wreck Mir. What do you think will happen in a new year full of possibilities for Cormier?

  • Cormier is a serious guy, but John Jones is no joke. I will believe the ass kicking if and when I see it.

    • There is no denying Cormiers beastly attributes but what the firetruck?! Can someone smarter and/or more informed than me explain to me why Mr. H-bomb and Machida have fallen into the abyss of forgotten fights? Nobody seems to be talking about these guys anymore, not to mention Gustaffson….

      • Because apparently Chael Sonnen is a bigger draw on reality tv than Henderson, Machida or Gustafson. I can't speak for anyone but myself but I would much rather be watching Henderson coaching against Jones and fighting him afterwards.

        • Hmm…I can only agree with you, Hendo coaching then fighting against Jones would be much more interesting to see.

      • Mir and Machida?? 2 sick fighters…

  • I would like to see a fight a test fight lhw to see how his weigh cut and performance goes

  • In the traditional sense of earning it, I don't think a HW win over Mir should qualify someone for a LHW title shot. But in the new sense, where anyone that can get up or down to 205 (and wants to get in the cage with Jones), he's as qualified as anyone. I say make it happen.

    • Exactly, he's beat enough guys in the LHW division, Jones has already basically closed out his weight class so guys are gonna be tryin' to bust the myth.

  • Well Cormier isn't the only guy waiting to fight Jones due to Jones for some reason becoming the 185p champ but allowed to weigh in at 205. Personally I think that Hendo, Gustafsson and Machida are all ahead of Cormier in the line. Cormier vs Machida would be pretty damn cool as well.

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    • Jones can't make it down to 185, and Cormier vs. Machida is ridiculous, Machida could easily be a MW, he barely cuts to 205. Cormier's only incentive to go down to 205 is Jones for the belt, and to avoid a title shot with Cain.

  • I heard in the postfight interview Daniel Cormier said "never give up a position for a submission. He played it very safe choosing not to go for armbars any other submissions. Dion Staring however did well to get to his feet during the early parts of the fight and proved very tough. No shame in that.

  • Cormier is a machine, easily a top 5 HW and that is crazy considering the length of his career.

    That being said, is being a top 5 HW enough to beat a man who is consensus top 3 P4P fights in the world?

    I think Cormier has a very slight advantage in wrestling (or MMA) but when it comes to Striking, as good as Cormier is, Jon Jones is light years ahead.
    DC is incredible but has only beaten two notable guys with striking, Barnett and Bigfoot Silva, both of which may have more power but in terms of striking skill and technique shouldn't even be mentioned in the same sentence as Bones Jones.

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      @ Keith

      Wish I could come up with something different, but my thoughts exactly.

    • DC's power and force are more than what Jon Jones can deliver, KFC. What say you?

      • So did Rampage, Shogun, Bader, Rashad and Vitor.

        They all had more power but it didn't matter against Jones

  • There are only two guys that can hang with Mir on the floor….Werdum and Big Nog….and we know what happened to Nog so Cormier should not take things for granted.

    • Werdum's never fought Mir, and Big Nog had his arm snapped by Mir, so… I think Werdum's submission game might be slightly above Mir's, by the way.

    • I would put Barnett in that conversation too

  • Daniel Cormier vs Jon Jones.will be NICE AS FUARK.

  • I hope he does move to light heavyweight and kick Jon Jone's ass in the fall. I also know that he shouldn't be looking past Frank Mir. Mir is lethal on the ground and we all know what Mir is capable of when his opponent is not focused. Cormier just take it one fight at a time and establish yourself first.

    • IF Cormier beats Mir while he is ramping down to 205, he will be ready for Jones. IF.

  • I'm glad he is going to take his time in cutting down to 205. Hopefully he does it safely and doesn't mess up his liver any more.