Jon Jones Says Daniel Cormier Hasn’t Improved As A Fighter


Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones is going to be challenging current champion Daniel Cormier for the gold in the main event of UFC 214.

The challenger feels that his champion hasn’t improved much since their first meeting at UFC 182.

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“My last fight against Ovince Saint Preux, a lot of people said it wasn’t very impressive after a year layoff, but I did enough to win the fight and I felt like I really didn’t show much,” Jones said on Fox Sports 1 show Undisputed. “He’s been extremely active and I see that he has made almost zero progression in the last two years. I’m glad he feels he has the upper hand in the striking division. (The layoff) given me time to just kind of reevaluate myself, my personal life and my career. I’ve been able to add things to my game that I didn’t have before. I feel totally rejuvenated and ready to go.”

In that first meeting at UFC 182, it was Jones who walked away with a unanimous decision win over Cormier.

Jones also feels that despite his issues outside of the Octagon, that he is the greatest fighter in MMA history.

“I believe that I’m already the greatest fighter of all time,” Jones said. “My record speaks for itself. I’ve beaten six Hall of Famers already. My resume is incomparable to anybody in our sport. This fight, it’s huge for my legacy. Every fight is huge for my legacy. My legacy is the accumulation of what I do. It’s extremely important. I try not to look at one fight as more important than another one. It’s just another match. You just have to focus on what you can in training to prepare for that match. I try not to make things bigger than what it is.”

UFC 214 takes place on Saturday, July 29 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California with Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.

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