UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier scored another impressive victory in his last Octagon appearance, turning back the challenge of Alexander Gustafsson over five grueling rounds back at UFC 192.
The win brought Cormier’s MMA record to 17-1 and further cemented his legacy among the best fighters of recent years — his only loss coming from the division’s former dominant champion in Jon Jones.
Now, with Jones seemingly at the cusp of a UFC return, it would seem a natural to set up a match between the two.
But the Lousiana native Cormier, who fights out of American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, CA, says there’s no timeline for the match — and in fact, it’s time for a little break.
And — who can blame him?
“In 2015, I fought Jones, I fought (Anthony) ‘Rumble’ Johnson, and I fought Alexander Gustafsson,” Cormier noted. “I fought the toughest guys the division has to offer… all in ten months, at 36 years old… So I need a little bit of a break. I fought seven times in two years in the UFC. I need some time to sit back and spend with my family, hang out with my kids more, and do some things normal. So I’m gonna take a little break. I think I’ve earned it.”
Cormier wants the bout, though — just not right away. He went on to say he’s open to fighting Jones next year, even in a a proposed bout next April at Jones’ home turf in New York.