The other half of the Jon Jones-Daniel Cormier rivalry has confirmed that a trilogy fight will never be on the cards.
Jones is currently the light heavyweight champion after recapturing the throne last December against Alexander Gustafsson and defending it twice against Anthony Smith and Thiago Santos respectively.
With Jones stamping his class at 205-pounds convincingly, many fans are urging him to move up to the heavyweight class and potentially set up a trilogy fight with his old rival, Daniel Cormier.
During Jones fighting hiatus, Cormier has established his name in the competition, winning the light heavyweight and heavyweight belts last year to become one of the few two-weight champions in the UFC.
He relinquished light heavyweight strap last year before successfully retaining his heavyweight title against Derrick Lewis.
After months of layoff, DC is set to return this month and will meet Stipe Miocic in their rematch at UFC 241.
— Mirror Fighting 🥊 (@MirrorFighting) August 13, 2019
‘I Don’t Need To Do It’
In a recent interview with ESPN, Cormier said there are slim chances that the trilogy fight with Jones will happen as he is in a different position now compared to their two previous meetings.
“Ultimately, for him to make the big bucks, we have to fight each other.”
“I’ve gotten to a point in my career now where the UFC takes such good care of me on the front side that I don’t have to sell another pay-per-view in my life.”
“I want to, obviously, but I make so much money now on the frontside, it doesn’t really matter if I fight him.”
“Before, I was like, ‘I need to fight Jones because I need to make money. I need to fight Jones because I need to legitimise myself.'”
“I don’t need to do that no more. I’m the heavyweight champ of the world, so I’ll make the determination of whether I’ll fight him or not again.”
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) August 13, 2019
These comments did not sit well with Jones.
The reigning 205-pounds kingpin explained in a series of tweets why the third instalment to their rivalry will not come to light.
“I’ve been the light-heavyweight champion for almost my entire MMA career, never have I moved up to challenged a heavyweight champion.”
“I’m simply not interested in it right now, never seriously have been.”
“I feel the move is inevitable but as of right now, I’m dominating fights and making weight just fine. [Our] beef started at the light heavyweight division and that’s where it should end (even though I could’ve sworn I ended this once or twice already.”
“Despite what he says in the media, I guarantee you guys there will be no third fight. No way will he lose that weight again, no way will he be willing to re-face those nightmares that come when facing the beast.”
Daniel Cormier on his looming retirement:
“I’ve long said I don’t want to be a guy that goes out on my back. A lot of our greatest champions they leave the sport on their back. I don’t want to be that guy”#UFC #UFC241 https://t.co/hjYpov5QKn pic.twitter.com/tgCKbpRBbG
— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) August 12, 2019
DC responded to Jones’ remarks saying:
“Of course he wants to fight me.”
“He’s fought three times this year and I’m gonna make more this weekend than he will even if he fights again this year (lmao). O, how times have changed.”
Check out DC’s original tweet below:
Of course he wants to fight me, he’s fought 3 times this year and I’m gonna make more this weekend than he will even if he fights again this year lmao. O, how times have changed!
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) August 13, 2019
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