For the better part of a decade, Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones have straight-up hated one another.
Starting from their first meeting at 205 pounds, to their aborted UFC 200 rematch, to Jones defeating Cormier at UFC 214, then getting stripped and given a “no contest” after failing a USADA test, these two have feuded in every form of media possible.
And while Cormier won’t be sending Jones a holiday card or edible arrangement anytime soon, the former light heavyweight and heavyweight champion gave credit where its due to “Johnny Bones.”
“I don’t know who beats Jon Jones,” Cormier admitted during a recent interview with BT Sport. “I really don’t, and obviously you guys know my feelings towards him, but he’s good, man. I think it’s going to take a heavyweight. It’ll be one of those guys – one of those big, big guys that will shut the lights out. I just don’t know if those guys can beat Jones over 25 minutes.”
While Cormier views the Jones slayer to be someone at heavyweight, UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has continually called out Jones and eyed a move up to 205.
“He’s a good fighter,” Cormier said of Adesanya who first has to contend with Yoel Romero at UFC 248. “He has so many weapons and, look at me, I feel I’m one of the greatest fighters of all time, and he (Jones) beat me twice,” he added.
“So, that says a lot about who he is as a competitor. But can Israel fight him? Yes, especially if Jon takes the wrong approach to fighting ‘Izzy.’ You fight Israel Adesanya, you better go get some takedowns because if you stand with him, he’s dangerous for anybody.”