Jon Jones Wants Cormier Two More Times
Over a year since being stripped of the UFC Light Heavyweight championship, Jon Jones continues to eye a return to the Octagon.
While Jones’ license was suspended by the California State Athletic Commission, Jones has not been handed a sentence from USADA for his second failed drug test while the UFC has partnered with the drug testing body.
“As far as the whole steroid situation, I never did them,” Jones said to RT Sport this week.
”I do believe it was found in my system, a very small amount, metabolite, but I never intentionally took any performance enhancers and I’ve been working my tail off for the last year to try and prove that. Right now we are still waiting for what they are going to do.
“I’m hoping for a reduced sentence from four years but I don’t know what’s going to happen, so I’m just staying faithful and trying to do the right things and just focusing on the things I can control while waiting.”
In the year that has passed with Jones on the sidelines, the man Jones beat, Daniel Cormier would take the light heavyweight title back, and then take the UFC heavyweight championship from Stipe Miocic. Jones told RT Sport that he’s a bit bitter Cormier getting the belt before he could.
“The night of that fight, I was confused,” Jones explained. “A part of me was upset at first. First, I was surprised. Then I became a little upset because Daniel Cormier was crowned the first heavyweight and light heavyweight champion and in my heart I know that Daniel Cormier is not the light heavyweight champion, so it bothered me at first.
”The next day after a few hours of being awake I realized I cannot be a hater. Someone else’s success has nothing to do with me. What God has for Daniel Cormier is for Daniel Cormier and what he has for me is for me, and so I had to find a place in my heart to be happy for him. At the same time, I feel like when I come back into the game and get my light heavyweight championship back and become a heavyweight champion simultaneously, I feel like the fans will know that I’m truly the first heavyweight and light heavyweight champion. . .
“My time will come again but I have just got to be happy for him and let him achieve his own personal level of greatness.”
Jones wants another shot against Cormier, but with six months remaining until Cormier’s self-imposed retirement date of his 40th birthday.
“My vision is fighting him at light heavyweight first,” said Jones. “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. . .
”He 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.”
In a perfect situation for Jones, Cormier will fight the New Mexico native once at light heavyweight and heavyweight, to claim the belts he feel are rightfully his.
“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 concludes. “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.
”No matter how hard he trains, I train a little bit harder. I’m a little bit younger, a bit longer, a little cuter.”
It would not take long for Cormier to respond to Jones, and make light of Jones’ USADA issues.
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) September 4, 2018
Transcription: MMA Fighting