DC wants to see them fight sooner rather than later because he feels that Jones has a better shot at defeating Adesanya right now.
“If you’re Israel Adesanya you just don’t fight him, because you know how mad he is,” Cormier said at a recent media scrum (via Mike Bohn & John Morgan of MMA Junkie). “Could you imagine making this man as mad as you’re making him and still not fighting him? Because it doesn’t seem Izzy’s ready to fight him right now, but I think it would be a fantastic fight. Jones wants to fight him. Jones is a fighter, man. He’ll fight anybody. He’ll fight Adesanya, but Izzy won’t even fight him, which is just like picking at somebody constantly but at a distance. I’m not saying Adesanya’s scared, but Adesanya says, ‘I need my time. You said you’re going to heavyweight 10 years ago; you’re finally doing it now. Why can’t I have time?’ It’s very fascinating watching these two interact with each other. It’s nasty. But these rivalries tend to get nasty. Jones and I was not nice. They tend to get nasty. It’s fun for fans. I hope they fight at some point. I think it’s a very interesting matchup. Adesanya’s improving. If I’m Jones I fight him sooner than later if I can get him in there, because the longer – remember, this guy’s only been here for a couple years. Now he looks like he’s going to hold the belt forever.”
Cormier and Jones were involved in a great feud as well, with the duo clashing twice in the UFC at UFC 182 and UFC 214. The retired Cormier also can’t believe that Adesanya got Jones to admit that he hid from the NAC by stowing away under a cage.
“Adesanya’s one of those internet kids,” Cormier said. “Internet kids don’t even need to verify if something’s true. They use it. There’s a rumor, they use it, which is actually quite astounding, because there was a rumor that Jones hid under that cage for years. Adesanya somehow got him to admit to doing it. He actually got him to admit to doing it. So there’s obviously a method to his madness. When this started and he kept going after Jones I was like, ‘I can’t imagine how many plates or coffee mugs Jones broke in his house that night because he’s so mad.’ Then he got him to admit that? It was nuts. Jones has had some good comebacks, too. It’s been good.”