If former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has his way, his current USADA situation will soon be squared away, and he’ll fight his arch rival Daniel Cormier two more times: once to reclaim the light heavyweight belt, and once to capture the heavyweight title.
“My vision is fighting him at light heavyweight first,” Jones said of Daniel Cormier in a recent interview with RT Sport (transcript via MMA Fighting). “I think that beating him a third time would really do something to his confidence. In his head, I feel like he thinks he can still beat me, especially because the fight was going fairly well until I knocked him out. I want to crush his confidence…
”[Daniel Cormier] said to me once, ‘Jon Jones, I’ll always be that kid in your bracket,’ meaning he will always be in the same tournament as me. I’m sure he regrets that because we always see who ends up in the first place position when we go up against each other, but I want to break his will. I want to break the idea of him thinking he can beat me. I believe doing that at light heavyweight would be the smartest thing to do, for a third time.”
“Leading into our fourth fight, a possible fourth fight for the heavyweight championship of the world, his confidence won’t be in the right spot,” Jones concluded. “It won’t, and I think it will help me take that fourth victory over him and that heavyweight championship from him. I think I have his number.”
Unsurprisingly, Daniel Cormier did not take kindly to these comments. The reigning heavyweight and light heavyweight champion fired back at Jones on Twitter on Monday night.
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) September 4, 2018
“Big goals for a guy that could only achieve them after he finishes getting disciplined for his 3rd drug failure! I mean jeez this guy #Cheater” – Daniel Cormier on Twitter.
Do you think we’ll ever see Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier fight again?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 9/4/2018.