In my opinion, he's doing it as fast as possible. This whole time, he was bound to a strikeforce contract. Now that he is signed with the UFC, the earliest he could fight Jones is in the late summer, early fall as Jones has a fight with Sonnen in April. Plus, he's talking about it to generate hype given that Dana has already talked about Cormier getting a possible title shot at 205.
Originally Posted by goodtimes
A grudge match with Mir is cool and all, but it seems to me that working on getting to 205 right away would be more beneficial to his career.
This I agree with. I think he'd be much better off testing the waters at 205, as any fight at HW is meaningless at this point. Why not fight Gustafsson, or the winner of Hendo/Machida, or the winner of Rashad/Nog. The first option would make the most sense, both in terms of contendership and timing.