When it comes to a potential third fight with two division UFC champion Daniel Cormier, it is an opportunity that Jones isn’t very interested in.
“There’s no reason to grant (Cormier) a fight,” Jones said at the UFC 232 press conference. “He got knocked out the last time we fought.”
Jones defeated Cormier in their first meeting at UFC 182, but a second victory over DC at UFC 214 was overturned to a no contest due to a failed drug test on Jones behalf.
If there is one way to get Jones to fight DC for a third time, it could be for a shot at the UFC Heavyweight Title.
“I would fight ‘DC’ at heavyweight, but I feel I have nothing to prove,” Jones said. “I’ve beaten him twice. I feel like fighting him at heavyweight is putting all the cards in his favor. I have nothing to prove against Daniel Cormier. I always say that a lot of this fighting is not personal to me. My goals are just to be great. It’s not about these individual rivals. So me challenging Daniel Cormier would be making it a personal thing. If he had beat me, then I could see me challenging him, but it’s like, I’ve done enough to that guy. I’m going to let him breathe easy and enjoy some of his stuff.”
UFC 232 takes place on Saturday, December 29 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.