Ryan Bader seemed to all but secure a shot at the UFC light-heavyweight belt on Saturday with his comprehensive victory against veteran Rashad Evans.
However, despite his impressive win, the fourth-ranked man’s shot at the belt could be delayed even further as the return of Jon Jones grows increasingly likely.
Jones was stripped of the belt earlier this year after he was arrested for committing a hit and run while allegedly under the influence of drugs, but will not be required to serve any jail time for the matter and could be reinstated by the UFC.
If Jones does return he may be thrown directly into the deep end to face Daniel Cormier, the man who he defeated in his last title defence.
Bader says he will bide his time by signing up to face Glover Texeira, the last man to defeat him – before the start of his five match win streak.
"Yeah of course, you know, I'm here to fight. If Jon Jones comes back and he's fighting Cormier, I have some people on my mind that I'd like to fight,” Bader said at the UFC 192 post event press conference.
“I'd like to get my last loss back with Glover if he gets through Patrick Cummins. So that's one fight I'd like to get back.
“Other than that, obviously I'd want a title shot, and I'd want Cormier, but we'll see what happens though with the whole Jon Jones situation."
Cormier won the then-vacant title in May when he defeated division rankings leader Anthony Johnson via third-round submission at UFC 187.
He defended his title for the first time at UFC 192 on Saturday, earning a split decision win over Alexander Gustafsson after a five round war.
Bader won his co-headline bout against Evans via unanimous decision (UD), with all three judges scoring the fight 30-27, to record his fifth consecutive win and his second in a row against a former title challenger.
Texeira is also a former title challenger, having suffered a UD loss to Jones at UFC 172 in April 2014 before another against Phil Davis and a win against sixth-ranked Ovince Saint Preux.
The Brazilian will face ninth-ranked light-heavyweight Patrick Cummins at UFC Fight Night 77 on November 7 in Brazil.