Daniel Cormier Says Potential Third Bout With Jon Jones Will Happen At 205 Pounds

UFC Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier named UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones as one of two fighters he’d like to face before retirement.

If a third bout does happen between the two, it would take place at light heavyweight according to DC.

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“If I fight Jon Jones again, it’ll be at 205,” Cormier said at a UFC 237 media event (via Mike Bohn & Ken Hathaway of MMA Junkie). “That’s where he won the fights, and that’s where I would want to beat him at. I’ve done so much more now that my career is not tied to Jon Jones anymore. It was initially, right? Because he beat me, I won the light heavyweight title, and I was always fighting at light heavyweight, then I became the heavyweight champ. Then I defended the light heavyweight title three times. This is my ninth UFC title fight. Why am I worried about tying my career to somebody else? I fought for the gold belt, it’s going to be 10 times in my career. So, I need no one. But if I want to fight Jones, I’ll fight Jones. It’ll be my decision this time.”

Jones and Cormier have met twice before, with Jones winning at UFC 182 and a second victory for Jones at UFC 214 overturned to a no contest due to a failed drug test.

Cormier admits that everything in his fight preparation is better when that preparation is done for Jones.

“When I’m preparing to fight him, I train better, my focus is better, and I believed when he beat me on those two nights that was the best version of who I am,” Cormier said. “I know how much work I’ve put into being ready for those fights. I think it makes me better. Any time you have a person like that to chase, it makes you better.”

The UFC Heavyweight Champion must get past former UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic first, as the two will face off for a second time in the main event of UFC 241.

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