Jones Wants Cormier No Matter The Weight Class
Jon Jones is ready to take on Daniel Cormier, whether it be for the UFC light heavyweight or heavyweight championship.
That’s what Jones’ manager Malki Kawa told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani this week, following Cormier’s first round knockout of Stipe Miocic at UFC 226.
“I guess now we can say welcome to the club. He’s actually a champion. He won the Heavyweight championship and no one can take that way from him, he is the heavyweight champion of the world,” said Malki. “So that was one thing. He said, ‘Malk, this is the best that that could’ve happened because now I have the choice to come back and kick his a** at Light Heavyweight or heavyweight.’ So he was just happy, excited.”
When asked if Jones feels any jealousy towards Cormier for being first to hold both the light heavyweight and heavyweight titles, Kawa dismissed that idea immediately.
“He beat the guy twice, he is not jealous. When people look at their rivalry an stuff, even Daniel, this is something aside from Jon. this is very real,” he added. “I wish he would’ve done this earlier, as light heavyweight champion and been like, ‘I understand I won this belt this way, but it’s not your fault.’ He is the heavyweight champion and no one can argue that, that is reality,” he said.
“But when you beat a guy twice and the second time was more than convincing than the first time, Jon is not the type of guy that says ‘It should’ve been me.’ He says, ‘Great, now it’s my time to come back and it’s my choice to be heavyweight or light heavyweight.’ And that’s awesome.”
While Jones may not be over the moon for Cormier, as their bitter feud has continued following Jones’ suspension in 2017. Kawa claims there is respect from Jones to the new double champion.
“These guys are competitors, and I wouldn’t say he is happy, but he is definitely not sad about it. He doesn’t have a feeling one way or another, I think he is just like, congratulations to the guy,” added Malki.
“His words to me were, ‘He is officially part of the club.’ And I asked him what club? And he said, ‘champion.’ He won this belt and it’s legitimate. I was glad to see Jon’s attitude be that way because I share the same sentiment,” he concluded.
Jones still awaits a ruling from USADA for failing an in-competition drug test at UFC 214, where Jones defeated Cormier for the light heavyweight title. Malki claims that both he and Jones are confident the issue between the two parties will be resolved soon.