Daniel Cormier Calls Out UFC Champion Jon Jones: "I'm Going to Kick His Ass"

McKinley Noble@KenTheGreat1Correspondent IJanuary 12, 2013

May 19, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; Daniel Cormier addresses the media in a press conference after defeating Josh Barnett (not pictured) during the heavyweight tournament final bout of the Strikeforce World Grand Prix at HP Pavilion.  Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Daniel Cormier won in style at the final Strikeforce card on Saturday night, but he dropped a few bombshells in his post-fight interview.

Just minutes after a second-round TKO stoppage against overmatched opponent Dion Staring, the Oklahoma crowd looked on as Cormier revealed two huge pieces of MMA news.

Cormier is set to fight Frank Mir at UFC on Fox 7 on April 20.

Moreover, the American Kickboxing Academy star vowed to move down a weight class and take away the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship from current title-holder Jon Jones:

Right now, I'm telling you. April 20 on Fox. I signed my UFC contract. Frank Mir, you and me. Let's do it.

I'm going to let Jon Jones defend his belt on April 27 and then I'm going to kick his ass in the fall.

Cormier is currently among the top 10 heavyweights in MMA, and should be similarly ranked if he does indeed move down to 205 pounds. He'll come into the UFC with an impressive 11-0 record that includes dominant wins over the likes of Antonio Silva and Josh Barnett.

Cormier was originally scheduled to face Mir as part of the main card in Strikeforce's final event, but Mir pulled out of the match due to an injury in training.

Although Cormier currently fights at heavyweight, his friend and training partner is none other than UFC champion Cain Velasquez.

Less than a month ago, Velasquez regained the heavyweight title at UFC 155 from Junior dos Santos, the very same man who took the belt from him at the inaugural UFC on Fox event in November 2011. Members of the American Kickboxing Academy are well- known for their refusal to fight each other, so as long as Velasquez holds the belt at heavyweight, Cormier is unlikely to challenge for it.