Anthony Johnson and UFC President Dana White might not see eye-to-eye on the light heavyweight contender’s next opponent.
Recently, White seemed interested in booking a No. 1 contender bout between Johnson and interim 205-pound champion Jon Jones.
“I’m in a weird place,” White said on the UFC “Unfiltered” podcast. “We saw that fight [between Johnson and Glover Teixeira], and it was a great fight. I’ve still got to talk to [UFC matchmaker] Joe Silva and see what he thinks. But I’m thinking maybe we do Anthony Johnson vs. Jon Jones to see who gets to fight Daniel Cormier.”
On Thursday, Johnson expressed his distaste toward that potential option.
“I’m not fighting for a stankass interim title...That thing is worthless,” Johnson wrote on Twitter.
After Johnson scored a first-round knockout of Teixeira at UFC 202, both he and Cormier seemed to agree that a rematch -- Cormier submitted Johnson in their first meeting at UFC 187 -- was the most logical next option. Cormier has repeatedly said that he has no desire to wait for Jones to resolve his issues with USADA.
Jones was pulled from a UFC 200 matchup with “DC” after it was revealed that he tested positive for two estrogen blockers in a pre-fight drug test. Both the Jackson-Wink MMA product and White have recently hinted that Jones’ return could come sooner than expected. However, Jones has yet to appear before the Nevada Athletic Commission, nor has USADA issued any type of statement regarding his status.
Johnson suggested a UFC 205 showdown with Cormier for the promotion’s Madison Square Garden debut on Nov. 12, but the champion shot that down, instead targeting UFC 207 for their rematch. That led to a back-and-forth exchange between the two rivals on social media.
You're willing to miss the biggest card ever? You gotta wait that long for me to go down? Sooner the better! https://t.co/sOql85OSmI— Anthony Johnson (@Anthony_Rumble) September 15, 2016
Christmas came early for me when I knocked out Glover and I still didn't unwrap my gift...— Anthony Johnson (@Anthony_Rumble) September 15, 2016
I don't need to care... https://t.co/x9EEOz8TbV
Boy stop playing with your ding ding and thinking you can knock me out https://t.co/7SLdFY2xBs— Anthony Johnson (@Anthony_Rumble) September 15, 2016
Truth I'll knock you out before u knock me out. U don't hit as hard as people think. I'll stand right in front of u https://t.co/zA5JkQMQyM— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) September 15, 2016
UFC 207 takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Dec. 30. No bouts have been officially announced for the event, but Cormier’s AKA teammate, Cain Velasquez, is expected to face Fabricio Werdum on the card.