Rockhold To Jones: Fight Cormier At Heavyweight
When Jon Jones won the UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 232, he called out Daniel Cormier to face him at 205 pounds. According to former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold, Jones wants nothing to do with Cormier at heavyweight.
“Jones does not want that fight. He doesn’t want a fight with ‘DC’ at Heavyweight,” Rockhold said on Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour (via MMA Mania). “He doesn’t want to give him any confidence. He’s obviously taken what he can to build his confidence to fight him at Light Heavyweight.
“We all know he’s tested dirty twice in a row now or three times, I don’t know what it is. Picograms, or whatever the hell they are. He is obviously compensating for something trying to build himself up.
“‘DC’ at heavyweight is a much more dangerous fighter; he’s looser, moving people, I’ve seen him in the gym,” Rockhold added. “Jones picked his words wisely on trying to bait ‘DC’ on trying to come back down.”
Rockhold also told Luke Thomas panned the idea of Jones facing Anthony Smith at UFC 235, where Jones is slated as a 13-1 favorite.
“Jones walks around 240 and ‘DC’ walks around 240, fight where you are, fight where you are naturally,” he said. “If you’re the baddest man on the planet, stop trying to pick off guys like Anthony Smith and let’s stop talking about ‘DC’ the champ-champ and go up to fight him where he’s at, where he is the baddest man on the planet.
“If you want to talk about it, go up and fight him go up to where he’s at, otherwise stay where you are at and I will come to you.”
With his move to 205 pounds now official, Rockhold is also calling for a fight against Jones sometime in the near future.