Before UFC 241 Cormier Isn’t Thinking About Jones
With one rematch just over a week away at UFC 241, Daniel Cormier cannot surpass the possibility of a third fight against Jon Jones.
Cormier, who defends his UFC heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic inside the Honda Center in Anaheim, fights in that building for the first time since his 2017 loss to Jones in their second fight.
While the decision was over turned soon after due to Jones testing positive for turinabol, Cormier has yet to escape the idea of a third fight, even after transitioning to heavyweight and dropping Miocic last July.
“When it comes to Jones, I know now with all that I’ve accomplished, I don’t need that fight,” Cormier explained when speaking to MMA Fighting. “I’ll be fine regardless but it will be something we revisit, me and my team, my management and everybody else and we’ll see if it’s something we want to do. Ultimately it will be my decision.
“Things are different. I feel like Jones is competing so many times because he has to try and one, regain the faith of the fans, but also retake his place in the sport and I did that. My place is secure with no question marks, no issues in regards in what I’ve done. It would ultimately be up to me to see what I want to do.”
“I think at this point in my career and my life, if you ask me these questions three years ago in 2015 after I lost to him the first time, I’d get all kinds of fired up about everything Jon Jones. Now I’m at a different time in my life,” Cormier continued. “Maybe I’ve lost faith in the honor of the sport because I feel that if we fight again, at the end of it win or lose, something extra will always be tied to it and I’m not talking about past interactions.
“I’m talking even after this next one, something will happen and it will just ruin it. Even after our last fight, I was ready to move on. Like OK, you got me and look what happened. I guess I just lost faith in everything.”
Whether he fights Jones next or not, Cormier refuses to think or talk about entertaining a fight against anyone else until he is finished with the longest-reigning UFC heavyweight champion
“Right now I’m so focused on Stipe Miocic because here’s the deal. At 205 [pounds], I’m not fighting guys like Volkan Oezdemir anymore, no disrespect to Volkan or Anthony Smith or Thiago Santos. I’m fighting the greatest heavyweight of all time,” Cormier said. “I think I need to be solely focused on that right now.”
Report: MMA Fighting