14 May - 
Jon Jones says he won't fight Daniel Cormier at heavyweight, doesn't think 'DC' will return to 205

UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has been clear about two things: He’d like a third go at fellow champ and longtime foe Jon Jones, and he’d like it to be at light heavyweight.

Sure, Cormier (22-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC) said in a recent chat with reporters in Rio de Janeiro, making his way back down to the division he once ruled would make for a “horrible” weight cut. But he’d be willing to do it for Jones (24-1 MMA, 18-1 UFC), for a simple reason.

“That’s where he won the (two previous) fights, and that’s where I would want to beat him at,” Cormier said.

But one person who doesn’t believe Cormier would be willing to make the move is Jones, himself.

In a recent appearance “Dan Hardy’s Open Mat”, Jones said he believes that Cormier will beat former champion Stipe Miocic (18-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) in their scheduled UFC 241 rematch. Then, Jones said, he believes “DC” will either retire or compete at heavyweight again.

A 205-pound comeback, though?

“He’s definitely never coming back to light heavyweight,” Jones said. “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.”

So why not make it a heavyweight fight? Well, as it turns out, it’s not just Cormier who isn’t interested in that.

“I’m a realist,” Jones said. “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.”

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It’s hard to say for certain, considering the well-documented history between these two, but could it be that we’re seeing a bit of a truce? Much like Cormier, who last week admitted having a rival like Jones to chase “made me better,” Jones had a generous view of his longtime foe in breaking down his second matchup with Miocic.

“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.”

Cormier will look to defend the heavyweight belt for a second time at UFC 241, against the man whom he took it from at UFC 226. Miocic was knocked out by Cormier then. The rematch headlines the Aug. 17 event, which takes place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Jones, in turn, has most recently beaten Anthony Smith to defend the vacant belt that he earned over Alexander Gustafsson. He’s currently set to meet title challenger Thiago “Marreta” Santos on July 6, at UFC 239 in Las Vegas.

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