Since the pair’s last meeting inside the Octagon, Cormier won the vacant light heavyweight championship against Anthony Johnson, and then defended the belt against Alexander Gustafsson. Jones on the other hand, after being stripped of the belt, dealt with legal issues before making a successful comeback by defeating Ovince Saint Preux for the interim light heavyweight championship.
Ahead of UFC 200, Jones took some time to explain why Cormier will be unable to stop his attacks. He spoke on UFC Unfiltered:
“In my fight with Daniel Cormier, he always talks about how I was working his body and I kicked him in the ribs and I kneed him in the ribs, and these body shots that really sent a shockwave going through his body,” Jones said. “But at no point in the fight did one of his punches do anything to me, or kicks. At no point in the fight did he get me to bleed. At no point in the fight did he get me to lose my breath or to look up at the clock out of frustration. At no point did he wobble me with a punch. I mean, Daniel Cormier caught me with like 60 uppercuts in that fight, and I’m exaggerating. Not one of those uppercuts did anything to me.
“Never made me stumble. None of his kicks made me back up or stop moving forward. So, he’s trying paint this picture of me not being a powerful guy, but I kicked his ass. And I actually hurt him with strikes, where he did nothing to me. I’ve heard him in interviews say that he’s going to walk me down and take me down right away because obviously I don’t have the stopping power to stop him from walking forward. But the reality is, if I wanted to go out there and walk him down, take him down for the sixth time, he doesn’t have the stopping power to stop me.”