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Dana White Says He’s Trying To Find UFC 200 Opponent For Cormier, Rumored Names

As noted, UFC ultimately made the decision not to try and find a replacement opponent to fight Daniel Cormier for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship in a new main event for Saturday’s UFC 200 pay-per-view, as once it became clear that Jon Jones was not going to be allowed to fight this weekend, the promotion made the call to simply bump up the Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt fight to the headline spot.

Shortly after the news became public, UFC President Dana White held an impromptu press conference with members of the MMA media who are in town for UFC’s International Fight Week this week to explain where things stood at that point in time.

As we reported last night, there were rumors going around that Gegard Mousasi offered to take the fight on two days notice at 205 pounds, and was even willing to commit to a five round fight, despite the fact that he was training for a regular three-round, non-title fight.

Additionally, other fighters who have offered to step up to fight Cormier on short notice this Saturday include current UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping, Ilir Latifi, Zack Cummings and Tom Lawlor.

“This is devastating to Daniel Cormier in every way it could possibly be,” White said regarding the situation D.C. is in right now. “It stings real bad for him. I’d like to make a fight for him if I can.”

D.C. also commented on where things stand right now, making it clear that because he trained for the biggest and most important fight of his life during the camp for the Jon Jones rematch, he still wants to fight this Saturday — but only if it makes sense for both himself and the UFC.

Said Cormier, “I’ve trained hard and long. And if anyone would fight, I’d fight. But if it doesn’t make sense for the organization or for me, then it doesn’t make sense. So I really don’t know what’s next. It’s very difficult to ask someone to come into this situation.”

UFC 200 takes place on Saturday, July 9, 2016 from the brand new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Join us here at MMANews.com on Saturday for live coverage of the UFC 200 PPV.

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