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