Michael Bisping believes that the year’s biggest fight could well be a heavyweight clash between Daniel Cormier and his great rival Jon Jones.
It’s one of those rare situations where a third showdown between two fighters is completely warranted despite the fact that one of those two is 2-0 over the other – USADA-imposed no-contests notwithstanding.
The first two meetings between the current light-heavyweight champion and the heavyweight king both ended in favour of the (practically) unbeaten Jones and all things considered, he had a relatively easy time dealing with DC over the course of the eight rounds they shared the octagon.
Speaking during a recent episode of his popular podcast Believe You Me, Bisping spoke about the potential that a third showdown between Jones and Cormier would have on the financial side of things.
Citing his wish to see the fight at heavyweight as the real clincher, The Count explained his thoughts on one of the sport’s most iconic rivalries.
“But the fight that everyone wants to see, that I want to see….is Jones vs. DC III at heavyweight, no picograms, no steroids, two of the best going at it mano y mano.
“DC also went up to heavyweight and fought tremendous. He knocked out Stipe in one round, beat Derrick Lewis in, I think it was one round. It might have been the second. I’m not sure, but he took him down and tapped him out pretty easily.
“So DC’s looked incredible at heavyweight. Plus, he was the heavyweight Strikeforce champion back in the day, so he’s undefeated at heavyweight. Yeah, let’s see that at heavyweight. That’s the fight everybody wants to see.
“But the biggest fight that everyone could see, that would do well over a million pay per view buys…well over…and if they make the right offer, yeah, that’s a huge fight. Massive. One of the biggest fights the UFC could put on right now. So I, for one, I would love to see that.”
As of right now, both parties have shown their interest in holding the bout in Jones’ division at 205lbs but as things stand, Cormier has yet to fight Stipe Miocic at UFC 241 and if we had to guess, the undefeated Bones will likely wait until that fight is over before showing his cards.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena