Jon Jones to fight Cormier if he is ready, says Dana White

Jones is due to return from a one-year suspension for a failed drugs test in July and looks set to be thrust straight into the title picture, provided he is ready, with the UFC struggling for star power at present.

Manuwa is coming off two consecutive wins, including a first round KO over Corey Anderson at UFC Fight Night 107.

The hype train is already starting up despite the fact the two haven't officially signed on to fight.

"I did [accept the fight]", Cormier wrote to Manuwa via Twitter on Monday.

"Cormier is available to fight on July 8, but that time frame doesn't work for Jon Jones".

UFC president Dana White told ESPN.com on Monday that he would OK a rematch between Jones, the company's former light heavyweight champion, and defending champ Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 on July 29 in Anaheim, Calif. Jones (22-1) is serving a one-year suspension for a failed drug test.

"Bones" and "DC" were originally slated to rematch at UFC 197 in April of 2016, but Cormier was forced to pullout of the fight after suffering a knee injury.

Of course, if Jones is unwilling to accept the rematch at UFC 214, White will give a title shot to Manuwa at UFC 213 in Las Vegas on July 8th. Earlier that year, Jones had defended his title an eighth time, defeating Cormier via unanimous decision at UFC 182.

After Manuwa, who lives in London, suggested Cormier needed to "think twice" about the matchup, Cormier responded, "Let's make a deal".

During his post-fight interview Cormier addressed both Jones and Manuwa and said that when Jones gets his "academics together he can come back to the classroom".

"I did. I'll smash you any day bum", Cormier wrote. "Jimi needs to quiet down before he gets it. Jimi needs to shut his mouth before he gets what he's asking for and when he gets what he's asking for it's very unpleasant", Cormier said.

  • Julie Sanders