Cormier: Jones fight is up to me

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Reigning UFC light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier says he is the one who will decide when and where a fight with former champion Jon "Bones" Jones will take place.

Cormier was crowned as the champion in May when he submitted Anthony "Rumble" Johnson, following the UFC's decision to strip Jones from the title after he was involved in a hit-and-run accident.

Since then, Cormier successfully defended his title against Alexander Gustafsson in October, but in the same month Jones was reinstated by the UFC after pleading guilty to a felony charge for his involvement in the accident.

In an interview with MMA Fighting, Cormer said that he gave the UFC "a couple of dates I'd be willing to look at."

"Maybe you guys will know something soon," he said. "I'm going to make my decision as the champion sooner rather than later. Just put it like that."

Cormier is reportedly hesitant to face Jones in New York City, his home town, but added that it would be a "big deal" to fight at Madison Square Garden.

"For historic purposes, it would be cool to fight in Madison Square Garden," he admitted. 

"But we don't want to really give this guy (Jones) what he wants. I guess I'll think about April 23."

Jones defeated Cormier at UFC 182 via a unanimous decision in what remains the 36-year-old's only MMA loss.