DC And Jones Agree Third Fight Needs To Be At 205
Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones agree on at-least one thing, if the heavyweight and light heavyweight champions were to clash for a third time, it would be at 205 pounds.
Cormier, who is set to face Stipe Miocic at UFC 241 in August, is willing to make the “horrible” cut to light heavyweight for one reason, pride.
“That’s where he won the (two previous) fights, and that’s where I would want to beat him at,” Cormier said.
“He’s definitely never coming back to light heavyweight,” Jones said of Cormier, who is prepping for his second defense as heavyweight champion. “He says it, but there’s no way he’s coming back to light heavyweight. To commit your life to lose that type of weight and to come up short again would be so devastating. It would take an incredible amount of courage to attempt it, and to come up short would just be so devastating. I doubt he’d put himself through that for a third time.”
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“DC is a special athlete, I don’t think most guys would beat him!”
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“I’m a realist,” Jones said to BT Sports’ Dan Hardy. “Daniel Cormier is a special athlete and anyone can be beat. I think my greatest chance of losing would be to a guy like Daniel Cormier. We’d be giving him a power and strength advantage over me; it just doesn’t make sense.
“Right now, I make light heavyweight very easily, and it would just make no sense to fight a guy who, I think, technically (is) on your level and to give him a size advantage. I’m not doing it. I’m sure my fans don’t like to hear me talk like that, but that’s just me being a realist – and being respectful of Daniel’s abilities.”
When asked if his rival would be able to leave Anaheim with the title in a rematch against Stipe Miocic, Jones feels Cormier’s athleticism will shutdown the Cleveland native.
“I think Stipe will put up a better fight, but I do think ‘DC’ will win again,” Jones said. “‘DC’ is an extraordinary athlete. His flexibility and his speed for the way he’s built, doesn’t really make sense – even his endurance, for the way he’s built. He’s a special athlete, I don’t think most guys will beat ‘DC.’
“I think the way you beat ‘DC’ is just to catch him with a knockout shot, which Stipe has the power to do. Question is, can he land it, you know? I think ‘DC’ is smart, he’s going to use his wrestling and wit to find a way to win again.”
Jones is also remaining active, fighting for the second time this year on July 6th, defending the light heavyweight title against Thiago Santos at UFC 239 at T-Mobile Arena.