UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones has ruled out fighting longtime foe Daniel Cormier at heavyweight outlining that DC would have the power and strength advantage at that weight class.
Jones and Cormier have fought twice before at lightweight with 205lb champion winning out on both occasions in what’s become one of the sport’s most iconic rivalries.
Since they last fought, in July of 2017, Cormier has gone on to become the heavyweight champion of the world, defeating Stipe Miocic to win the belt as well as successfully defending it against challenger Derrick Lewis.
Speaking on Dan Hardy’s Open Mat, Jones outlined that he is currently making the 205lb weight limit “very easily” and that fighting Cormier at heavyweight would be giving the champion a distinct advantage
“I’m a realist,” Jones told Hardy (via MMA Junkie). “Daniel Cormier is a special athlete and anyone can be beat. I think my greatest chance of losing would be to a guy like Daniel Cormier. We’d be giving him a power and strength advantage over me; it just doesn’t make sense.”
“Right now, I make light heavyweight very easily, and it would just make no sense to fight a guy who, I think, technically (is) on your level and to give him a size advantage,” Jones continued. “I’m not doing it. I’m sure my fans don’t like to hear me talk like that, but that’s just me being a realist – and being respectful of Daniel’s abilities.”
Despite the fact a bout with Cormier at heavyweight would not be ideal for Jones, he also outlined that he feels DC’s days in the 205lb division are behind him.
“He’s definitely never coming back to light heavyweight,” Jones said about Cormier. “He says it but there’s no way he’s coming to light heavyweight. To commit your life to lose that type of weight and to come up short again would be so devastating.
“It would take an incredible amount of courage to attempt it and to come up short would just be so devastating. I doubt he’d put himself through that for the third time.”