As such, the UFC are keeping an open mind about what's going to happen, with No.3 contender Jimi Manuwa being a fallback option for either UFC 213 or 214 if Jones isn't ready to fight Cormier in July. However, Jones was infamously flagged for a potential violation stemming from a random drug test on June 16, just days before the fight.
The only thing that would stand in Manuwa's way of the next title shot is a little obstacle by the name of Jon Jones, the former 205lbs kingpin who never lost his belt in the Octagon.
Jones is now serving a ban after testing positive for a banned substance last summer.
Cormier successfully defended the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship for the second time earlier this month when he beat Anthony "Rumble" Johnson. They had also been booked for a rematch prior to that at UFC 197, but that attempt went sideways when Cormier had to withdraw due to a knee injury.
Prior to jetting off for Buffalo, 'The Poster Boy" confirmed to JOE that he was only interested in the victor of Cormier vs. "Rumble', Jon Jones or a boxing match with David Haye. Most recently, ahead of UFC 200 last July, Jones tested positive for estrogen blockers he claimed were sexual enhancement pills and received a one-year suspension from the United Stats Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). "We'll see how this plays out".