Daniel Cormier has thrown down the gauntlet to both the UFC and his great rival Jon Jones, explaining what he would need to happen for a trilogy fight.
Of course, the champ’s focus will need to be completely on the challenge that his UFC 241 opponent Stipe Miocic will pose to him on September 17 but even still, with an eye on his eventual retirement, the Jon Jones question has been floating around for quite some time.
Cormier told ESPN in a recent interview that he feels detached from Jon in many ways now that he has been able to carve out his own legacy away from the man who plagued his career for years.
“I really don’t need to fight him. If I do, it’ll be on my terms now. I’m the heavyweight champ of the world.
“I’m the guy who won two belts at once. I did everything. I could never fight him again and be OK. Because ultimately, every time we fought, there was something. And that’s OK for me.”
Citing his status as the heavyweight champ as proof that he now sits firmly on the A-side, DC spoke next of the financial incentives he will need to sign on the dotted line and take part in one of the year’s most lucrative showdowns.
“It’s gonna cost a lot of money. When we talk about the terms of the fight happening, it’ll cost a lot of money, but it’ll make a lot of money. We’ve got to come to terms. Before, it was me. I just got to fight Jon Jones. It’s not like that for me anymore.
“So for me, it’s not just, ‘I got to fight Jon Jones. You gotta pay me to fight him if you want me to. Because ultimately, I don’t feel it’ll ever just be me and him fighting. Because if we fight, there will be something again. Because there always is.”
It’s hard to know how this one will play out but when you think about it, the UFC, Cormier, and Jones would be wise not to give away their hands too quickly while the fate of the heavyweight title still rests on the UFC 241 main-event.
One would have to imagine that things on the Jones/Cormier front will amp up considerably if DC is able to pull off the second win and firmly establish himself as the divisional king once again.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena