Speaking on ESPN’s Now or Never earlier this week, UFC President Dana White stated that the time for a rematch between UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones and heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier is ‘now.’
“Now,” White said bluntly of a rematch between the two arch rivals. “Yeah. I think that right now, Cormier probably has three fights left in his career, you know what I mean? And one of those guys is definitely going to be Jon Jones.”
Shortly after Thursday’s UFC 235 press conference, in an interview with MMA Fighting’s Marc Raimondi, Jon Jones gave his take on this comment from Dana White.
He says he’s willing to rematch Daniel Cormier if that’s what the UFC boss wants — but he’ll need to see some money.
“He said that?” Jones said. “Well, break out the check book, Dana. Let’s make it happen. I’ll definitely do it, for the right number. I’ll definitely do it.
Jon Jones then added that, in his native light heavyweight division, this rematch is a no-brainer. It’s the prospect of moving up to heavyweight to challenge Cormier for his title that will require a pay boost.
“At 205, it’s a no-brainer that I’d do it,” he said. “I’m here to fight the next best guy. At heavyweight, it would take some serious convincing.”
Jon Jones last fought in the main event of the chaos-riddled UFC 232 card, when he defeated his long-time rival Alexander Gustafsson to capture the UFC light heavyweight title, which was recently vacated by Daniel Cormier.
Cormier, meanwhile, last fought in the main event of UFC 230 in November, when he defended the heavyweight championship with a second-round submission of fearsome knockout artist Derrick Lewis. The only setback of his MMA career has been dealt by Jones.
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 2/1/2019.