Much has been made about Jon Jones moving up to heavyweight and now Daniel Cormier has his own two cents.
Jones relinquished the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. “Bones” was in the midst of his second reign with the gold and had three successful title defenses. Jones said he vacated the title because he knew making the move up to heavyweight would take some time. Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz will collide for the vacant UFC Light Heavyweight Title on September 26 at UFC 253.
During a chat with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, Cormier shared his thoughts on the planned heavyweight move for Jones.
“If you have the skillset, the skillset that Jon Jones has, it doesn’t matter what weight class; he will be able to compete. That’s a fact. You can love him, you can hate him, but that’s a fact.”
Cormier and Jones aren’t strangers to one another. The two built a heated rivalry over the past few years. Going into their first bout, they had a scuffle during a press conference. Jones defeated Cormier in that bout via unanimous decision. The rematch was marred by controversy. “Bones” initially scored the third-round TKO victory but the result was overturned to a No Contest after Jones tested positive for turinabol.
A third fight between Cormier and Jones seems to be a pipe dream at this point. “DC” insisted that his trilogy matchup with Stipe Miocic would mark the end of his pro MMA career regardless of the result. Cormier was defeated by Miocic via unanimous decision and seems to be sticking to his word.
As for Jones, he’s eyeing a heavyweight title fight with Miocic. UFC President Dana White didn’t like the idea of “Bones” leapfrogging Francis Ngannou for the championship opportunity. With that said, the UFC boss seems to be warming up to the idea of giving Jones the shot.