Cormier Sends Message to Jon Jones
Last week it was reported that the UFC was targeting the massive rematch between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier for UFC 214 in July, but the fight hasn’t been announced by the promotion yet. The holdup is that Jones, who has been sidelined for a year-plus, may want to take a tune-up fight first.
Cormier, hungry to prove himself as the true champion by avenging his past loss to Jones, is urging his rival to step up and take the title fight now.
In an appearance on UFC Tonight, Cormier spoke on the possibility of Jones taking a tune-up fight and issued a stern challenge to the former champ.
“Take the fight with me, Jon Jones,” Cormier said. “There’re no tune-up fights in the UFC. If you’re a guy that has dominated the division as he has, why not come back and try to get your title? Come meet your boy, D.C., come get this money. Let’s get money together and give the people in Anaheim a show. No tune up for Jon Jones. He gets to come and get beat by me this time."
Last year Jones returned from a similarly long layoff and fought Ovince Saint Preux in a bout that had been scheduled as a rematch with Cormier. Jones won in dominant fashion but looked off throughout the five round contest, going the distance with a fighter he was expected to finish with relative ease.
While many attribute Jones’s poor performance that night to ring rust, Cormier believes that fans were simply getting a glimpse of Jones in the post-USADA era for the first time — a clear dig at Jones for his failed drug test ahead of UFC 200.
“We’re fighting right now or he doesn’t get to fight me. It’s my rules, I’m the champ now. The guy we saw against Ovince Saint Preux is the new USADA-regulated Jon Jones. Yes, I will beat him up July 29.”