UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is interested in the possibility of coaching a season of The Ultimate Fighter reality show. However, he says he is not interested in doing so against Strikeforce heavyweight Daniel Cormier.
Cormier won the recent Strikeforce heavyweight tournament, defeating such well-known fighters as Josh Barnett and Antonio Silva to do so. He has mentioned the possibility of moving down to light heavyweight to challenge Jones in the past. More recently, he has campaigned for a chance to coach TUF opposite Jones, with a title shot at the show’s conclusion. During an interview with Bloody Elbow last month, he said, “At the beginning of the year, let us coach the next season of The Ultimate Fighter. That gives me time to actually get my weight down, and in the summer time, we fight. How does that sound? I’m throwing it out there right now. Let’s do it. He hasn’t coached the show before, and neither have I. Let the fans get to know me better by putting me on TV for two and a half months, and then put me and Jon in a fight.”
Jones, however, appears unimpressed by this suggestion. During today’s ESPN UK interview, he said, “I’d be interested in a TUF season in the future, but it’d take the right opponent. As far as Daniel Cormier saying he wants to coach against me, he would want that, wouldn’t he? He’s relatively unknown. I want to do it when the fans are aware of both guys, and when it’s spunky and when it raises a lot of viewers. I’m not here to raise his stock.”