Jon Jones is aware that many fans would like to see him face Daniel Cormier for a third time, and that Cormier believers he would fare better against him at heavyweight. Jones is willing to take that fight, but maintains that all the pressure is on Cormier.
Cormier, only the second fighter in Ultimate Fighting Championship history to hold belts simultaneously in two different divisions, relinquished his light heavyweight belt ahead of UFC 232 in December. Jones ran through Alexander Gustafsson with ease that night to claim the vacant belt, which he is set to defend this weekend against Anthony Smith.
Cormier and Jones have met twice already, first at UFC 182 in January 2015 with Jones awarded the win via unanimous decision. The rematch was at UFC 214 in July 2017 and Jones won more clearly landing a brutal head kick on “DC” knocking him out in the third round. However, the result was overturned and Jones was stripped of the title after testing positive for turinabol.
While Cormier is open to fighting Jones for a third time, his preference would be at heavyweight where he has a distinct size advantage given his body shape and the fact that he doesn’t have to undergo a difficult weight cut. However, Jones wants the fight at light heavyweight, where he’s fought his entire career.
Jones recently spoke to the Los Angeles Times and said he’s beaten Cormier twice and the pressure is on him to come back down to light heavyweight if he wants the trilogy bout. However “Bones” did say that if the UFC were to make him an offer he couldn’t resist and the fans wanted it that he’d be open to a move up a weight class.
“If the fans want to see it [at heavyweight] bad enough, the UFC will make it happen for me financially,” Jones said. “If they don’t, it will always be something that’s coulda-shoulda-woulda. Sending me against one of the best fighters ever, and making me sacrifice being smaller than him, they have to make it make sense financially.
“Because, at 2-0 against him, I have nothing to prove. The pressure’s on Daniel. I’m the ‘GOAT’ of this generation. He knows it. And the fans know that.”