Jon Jones explains why he won't fight Daniel Cormier at heavyweight

UFC 214  Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones

Although Saturday night is all about the light heavyweight championship in the main event, Jon Jones' test results seem to dominate the headlines time and time again.

The latest twist in this entire saga saw Daniel Cormier vacate the light heavyweight championship and retain the heavyweight crown after his victory over Stipe Miocic and a successful title defence against Derrick Lewis.


Bones, on the other hand, is battling Alexander Gustafsson for the 205-pound crown in the main event of UFC 232 with Cris Cyborg defending her featherweight championship against fellow Brazilian and champion, Amanda Nunes.

DC has remained vocal throughout the build-up despite not being involved, criticising USADA and Jones, with the latter eager to fight his long-time rival again.

However, not at heavyweight.

After Cormier vacated the title, Jones told DC to move back down in weight to fight as the ball is in his court, as he won't be moving up to fight at heavyweight as Cormier is 'in the zone' at that weight class.

According to MMA Fighting, he said: "It’s up to Daniel Cormier to challenge me to get his belt back.

"I heard that he ended up relinquishing his belt, and I think that’s a good look. But at the end of the day, I know most people know that he never was the champion. Hats off to him for being the heavyweight champion of the world, but I’ve been the light heavyweight champion since 2011.

UFC 230 Cormier v Lewis

"That’s just facts. That’s just facts. The belt was given to him. He has not beaten me. So, he can cancel all doubts by challenging me and really being a legit champ champ.”


Although Jones was ready to make the jump when he challenged Brock Lesnar, he's not too fond of the idea this time.

He added: "Nah, no. “He looks good at heavyweight.

"He’s designed to be a heavyweight. He’s comfortable there. He naturally goes to heavyweight between every fight. That is his spot, and like I said, he makes a great heavyweight champion.

"Even before fighting me, he was on a tear at heavyweight. That’s his zone. I have no reason to challenge him at heavyweight, because for me it’s not personal.

"When he comes down to light heavyweight, it’ll be personal again. And he can have what he has, I’ll have what I have, and that’s being the most dominant light heavyweight champion, the only light heavyweight champion since 2011.”

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