Chances are most people were expecting Daniel Cormier’s post fight speech at UFC 166 to include a big time challenge to Jon Jones, but the soon to be light-heavyweight didn’t end up doing so. Considering Cormier has called out the champion in the past, and the two have developed quite the rivalry, it was a little surprising.

So, why did Cormier not bring up “Bones”? After he worked his way to a one sided, UD win over Roy Nelson? The  well rounded fighter relayed to FOX Sports 2 afterwards (quotes via MMA

“I’m always shooting for the top — you don’t shoot for No. 2 or No. 3. I want to fight Jon Jones, I want to fight for the championship. There is no reason for me to call out anyone else. If there is someone else, I’ll fight him — put me in an important fight that’s going to get me a championship fight. I’m 34 years old now and I’ll be 35 in the New Year. This desk is starting to look pretty good. [I didn’t call him out] because it seems that him and Glover Teixeira are fighting. I’m not going to disrespect Glover, but I’d definitely jump at the opportunity to fight the champ.”

Of course, Jones is set to fight Teixeira next, and although no date has been set it will likely take place in spring 2014.

Not surprisingly, Dana White was asked if Alexander Gustafsson might be a possibility for Cormier’s first fight at 205, and the UFC President apparently said yes. Cormier was also asked about “The  Mauler” in the post-fighter presser, and the renowned wrestler said he’s up for the fight. Now that’s a bout that seems to make a lot of sense.

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