Appearing in a suit-and-tie as co-host of “UFC Tonight” Wednesday, light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier issued a stern word of warning for Jon Jones.
Earlier in the day, UFC president Dana White mentioned April for the two to rematch over the 205-pound title.
Cormier, who won the vacant belt with a submission win vs. Anthony Johnson last year after UFC officials stripped “Bones,” made sure to let everyone know just what is going to happen when the cage door closes.
“New Mexico got it wrong,” Cormier said. “In April, I had down Jon’s severe punishment. He has been sentenced to meet me in the Octagon.”
Last year, following his decision win over the former Olympic wrestler, Jones was involved in a hit-and-run in Albuquerque. While he was eventually given probation and avoided any jail time, he lost over a year of his fighting career and the title he had defended several times.
Cormier added that no date or location has been set, but April appears to be the time frame that works for both fighters.
Of note, if the two are on track for the early part of 2016, that might leave Cormier without regular training partner Cain Velasquez. The former UFC heavyweight champion recently underwent surgery to fix his back, leaving him on the sidelines for the immediate future.