Could This Fight Actually Happen? Dana White is Trying to Get the Fans Excited About a Jon Jones v Daniel Cormier Trilogy Fight…
Jon Jones has beaten Daniel Cormier twice – ok the second was overruled to a no-contest, but Jones knocked him out – so of course, we want to see them again right? Right? It’s one of the most real rivalries in the sport, but most fans feel that the only way that this should go ahead is if Jones makes his way up to heavyweight to take on the reigning champion.
Dana White agrees. He’s confirmed that he’s interested in putting on the fight in the UFC’s most glamorous division. Let’s bear in mind that Cormier, first of all, has to get past an incredibly tough test in Stipe Miocic. Jones is currently without an opponent after beating Thiago Santos in a hard-fought split-decision.
He’s been very open about cutting Cris Cyborg but now wants to move forward and Jones v Cormier could be one of the headline bouts for the second half of the year.
Speaking to Laura Senko in a recent interview, White made his feelings clear about the situation regarding Jones and Cormier. Obviously, a lot of things have to fall into place the right way for this fight to happen, but there’s no doubt that people would definitely tune in and watch one of the most toxic rivalries in MMA with a new dimension added to it. White said:
“The Cormier fight doesn’t need to happen again, but I think people want it to happen again, I want to see it again, I know they both want it. I want to see it at heavyweight, but those two are so stubborn, they both want it at 205.”
Please not at light-heavyweight.
Realistically, the only way this fight makes big numbers is if Jones moves up to heavyweight and takes on Cormier as champion. First of all, there’s a new dimension. Cormier is unbeaten as a heavyweight – he’s a former Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix champion too – and without a weight-cut, he’s a formidable beast.
Then you’ve got the whole question of how Jones would perform at heavyweight himself. Plus the opportunity for him to become a double-champion is one the UFC would definitely put their backing behind. It would increase his promotability and possibly help to capture a more mainstream audience.
Ultimately, you’d have to expect Jones to make the move to heavyweight at some point. There are so many more exciting match-ups thereafter he’s effectively cleared out the 205lb division. How he’d deal with a heavy-punching heavyweight like Francis Ngannou is one of the most intriguing questions out there.
Meanwhile, Cormier has Stipe Miocic to worry about first. The former champion is technically the most successful in the history of the UFC with the most title defences ever. He’s got a grudge and will be desperate to take advantage of this shot after basically refusing to fight anybody else. An angry Stipe is a scary Stipe.