Is Daniel Cormier Sold On Jon Jones Being Able To KO Stipe Miocic?
Daniel Cormier has shared his take on whether or not he feels Jon Jones can knock Stipe Miocic out.
Jones is a former UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion. He relinquished his 205-pound gold because he has hopes of moving up to the heavyweight division and capturing UFC gold in that weight class. UFC President Dana White has been hesitant in having Jones leapfrog Francis Ngannou for a title opportunity against Miocic but he has been warming up to the idea of booking Jones against Miocic.
Cormier has shared the Octagon with both Jones and Miocic. When speaking to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, “DC” explained why he doesn’t feel “Bones” will be able to knock Miocic out (via Bloody Elbow).
“Jones won’t knock him out. Jones won’t punch him and put him to sleep,” Cormier said. “It doesn’t matter what he weighs, he does not have that punching power. He doesn’t hit very hard. Kicks hard, but he doesn’t punch very hard. [Miocic] knows that if he goes and fights Jones — which would be very competitive, very good fight — it would be either him knocking Jones out, or it would be a decision. Because Jones won’t knock him out.”
Cormier has said that he feels Jones will be able to compete at a high level as a heavyweight. “DC” said it boils down to the skillset of Jones and how he can use that to his advantage.
Miocic is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Cormier in their trilogy bout. Miocic made the score 2-1 over Cormier and “DC” ended his pro MMA career on a loss. While Ngannou has been pegged as the next contender by White, plans change often. Miocic has said that a rematch with “The Predator” doesn’t excite him. Time will tell if the UFC decides to go with Jones as Miocic’s next title challenger or gives Ngannou the rematch.