Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and reigning two-division champion Daniel Cormier have formed an incredibly heated rivalry over the past years. Well, it would appear that “Bones” Jones has no intention of breaking off the rivalry anytime soon.
Jon Jones dealt the only loss on Daniel Cormier’s professional record. The two fighters were then set to rematch back at UFC 200. However, Jones was pulled from the fight after being flagged for a failed drug test.
Returning from his year-long suspension from the octagon for the drug test failure, Jones went toe-to-toe with Cormier at UFC 214 back in 2017. Jones knocked out D.C. for the UFC light heavyweight title.
However, the victory was short lived. After it was revealed that Jones had been flagged for yet another failed drug test, the knockout victory was overturned to a no contest and Daniel Cormier was reinstated as the reigning division champion.
Speaking to RT Sport, Jon Jones has now come forward with his thoughts on Daniel Cormier having become the simultaneous heavyweight and light heavyweight UFC champion in his absence.
“My vision is fighting him at light heavyweight first. I think that beating him a third time would really do something to his confidence. In his head, I feel like he thinks he can still beat me, especially because the fight was going fairly well until I knocked him out. I want to crush his confidence. . .
“He said to me once, ‘Jon Jones, I’ll always be that kid in your bracket,’ meaning he will always be in the same tournament as me. I’m sure he regrets that because we always see who ends up in the first place position when we go up against each other, but I want to break his will. I want to break the idea of him thinking he can beat me. I believe doing that at light heavyweight would be the smartest thing to do, for a third time.”
“Leading into our fourth fight, a possible fourth fight for the heavyweight championship of the world, his confidence won’t be in the right spot. It won’t, and I think it will help me take that fourth victory over him and that heavyweight championship from him. I think I have his number.
“No matter how hard he trains, I train a little bit harder. I’m a little bit younger, a bit longer, a little cuter.”