Fresh off his second round submission over Anthony Johnson at #UFC210, Daniel Cormier completed his glorious heel turn by not only declaring that Jimi Manuwa "didn't want none" of what he had to offer, but ordering rival Jon Jones to "get his academics in order," so they could finally throw down again when "Bones" returns from his suspension this summer.
But, while Daniel Cormier has already signed on the dotted line to face Manuwa in the interim, it looks like Dana White has other, more lucrative plans in mind.
If all goes according to plan, and Jones is ready to fight, this would put the Cormier-Jones rematch almost a year to the day after Jones was forced out of their UFC 200 headliner after being flagged by USADA for an anti-doping violation. Beyond that, however, this potential fight may hint at an even bigger story...
Could UFC 214 see the return of Conor McGregor?
Given Dana White's declaration that Jon Jones would never headline a UFC event again after burning the promotion so many times in the past, as well as Cormier's position that he would only co-main event with Jon Jones under McGregor, the announcement of this fight (when/if it happens) could very well serve as a precursor to a "Notorious" return.
Despite negotiations between the McGregor and Mayweather camps having once again reached a stalling point, the lightweight champion has nonetheless been teasing that his next fight would be announced "very soon." Does this mean that the current rumor floating around about McGregor moving up to challenge Tyron Woodley for the welterweight strap has some truth to it? Or could Tony Ferguson perhaps be getting a shot following the cancellation of his interim lightweight title fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov?
It's hard to say, but before we all start getting whipped up into a frenzy about the insanity that a Jones, Cormier, and McGregor bill would be, let's use this video of Daniel Cormier reacting to the news of Jones testing positive days before UFC 200 as a reminder of the scenario that's far more likely to happen.
Never forget. We've been burned before, folks.