It’s safe to say there is more than enough intrigue for a third meeting between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones.
Now that Jones’ reduced USADA suspension is nearly complete, it opens the possibility for a trilogy bout between the two rivals. Count UFC President Dana White among those who would be interested in such a matchup.
“The hatred is real with these two, it’s unbelievable,” White told TMZ Sports. “I would like to see it. The fans would like to see it. What would be interesting is, we might see it at heavyweight.”
During Jones’ most recent hiatus, Cormier became a two-division champion by knocking out Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 to claim the heavyweight crown. Cormier, of course, was reinstated as light heavyweight king when Jones failed a drug test in relation to their bout at UFC 214 last year.
“DC” has stated that he plans to retire in March 2019 after two more fights. One is a looming heavyweight title defense against Brock Lesnar early next year. The other would potentially be one more 205-pound defense. Would White consider putting another fight between Cormier and Jones together? The UFC boss wouldn’t say specifically.
“I’m always working on making everything happen,” he said.
If it were solely up to Cormier, the third meeting might not happen. The American Kickboxing Academy product was not pleased when news broke of Jones’ reduced sanction.
“I think people get excited, people get excited about the prospect of us fighting again, but I’ve got a fight with Brock Lesnar,” Cormier said recently on UFC Tonight. “Why would I look back? Why would I look back to Jones now when I’ve got a fight? Obviously as a competitor I want to fight the guy whose beat me twice, but I’ve got a fight. Why go back? I’ve got a bigger fight with Brock Lesnar, why should I go back?”
Ultimately, White says he plans on doing what he can to appease Cormier, who has been reliable and consistent while Jones has struggled with a multitude of issues in recent years.
“I’m gonna do whatever DC wants to do,” White said. “Daniel Cormier has been an incredible champion for us. He’s an incredible human being. He’s a stud. I’m gonna do everything in my power to keep that man happy.”