Luke Rockhold believes Jon Jones is doing all he can to avoid a heavyweight bout with Daniel Cormier.
Jones is the reigning UFC light heavyweight title holder. He’ll put his gold on the line against Thiago Santos at UFC 239 on July 6. Rockhold will also be on the card and he’ll make his 205-pound debut against Jan Blachowicz. Rockhold has made it clear that he feels he can give “Bones” the toughest challenge.
When it comes to Jones potentially testing the waters at heavyweight, Rockhold told Submission Radio that he feels the number one ranked pound-for-pound fighter is avoiding Cormier (via MMAJunkie.com):
“I’m fighting before ‘DC,’ I’m going to take my dibs if the opportunity presents itself. ‘DC,’ I think it’s foolish for him to try to challenge Jon back down, I think Jon should have to come challenge him up for the heavyweight title. That’s where their natural weight is. Jon is a big guy, he cuts a lot of weight to to get down. Jon is scared to fight ‘DC’ at heavyweight. I don’t know why ‘DC’ thinks he’s got to come back down and fight him to prove some point. It doesn’t make sense.
“Jon ain’t talking about fighting ‘DC’ at heavyweight. He’s kind of beating around the bush and he’s trying to bait him back down and antagonize him a little bit. Jon doesn’t really want to fight ‘DC’ at heavyweight”
Jon Jones is 1-0, 1 NC against Daniel Cormier. Both bouts were in the light heavyweight division. While Jones initially scored a knockout win over Cormier at UFC 214, the result was changed to a No Contest when turinabol was found in “Bones'” system.
Do you think Jon Jones will ultimately make the move to heavyweight? Or will he find himself in the cage with Luke Rockhold at light heavyweight?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 6/27/2019.