It’s a Daniel Cormier fight week, so it’s only natural that plenty of discussion will revolve around whether “DC” will face rival Jon Jones one more time before retirement.
"The ball is in my court now,” Cormier said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on Monday. “I get to decide whether I want to fight Jon Jones, or I let him continue to fight guys like Thiago Santos and Corey Anderson. Ultimately, for him to make the big bucks, we have to fight each other.”
Jones owns two victories over Cormier, a five-round verdict at UFC 182 and a third-round TKO at UFC 214 that was overturned to a no contest after “Jonny Bones” failed a drug test. Both of those bouts came at light heavyweight, and Cormier says a potential trilogy match would also have to be contested at 205 pounds to “make right what was wrong initially.”
"It's only big fights for me," Cormier added. "It'll be Stipe Miocic, and if I fight again, it'll be Jones. It's not going to be anybody else.”
Jones quickly disputed that notion in a series of tweets. The reigning light heavyweight king believes that Cormier has no interest in enduring the potential trauma a third loss to the Jackson-Wink MMA standout could bring. And the other option, a trilogy bout at heavyweight, appears to be out of the question altogether.
“Despite what he says to the media, I will guarantee you guys there will be no third fight,” Jones wrote. “No way will he lose that weight again, no way will he be willing to reface those nightmares that comes when facing the beast.”
I’ve been the light heavyweight champion for almost my entire MMA career, never have I moved up to challenge a heavyweight champion. I’m simply not interested in it right now, never seriously have been.— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) August 12, 2019
I feel like the move is inevitable but as of right now, Im dominating fights and making weight just fine. Daniels and I not reverie, but beef started at the light heavyweight division and that’s where it should end.(even though I could’ve sworn I ended this once or twice already)— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) August 12, 2019
Despite what he says to the media, I will guarantee you guys there will be no third fight. No way will he lose that weight again, no way will he be willing to reface those nightmares that comes when facing the beast.— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) August 12, 2019