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

UFC 214: Weigh-ins

UFC 232 brought an end to what has been an incredible 2018 for UFC, and it also set the foundations for some unmissable fights next year in the promotion.

In the main event, Jon Jones proved his critics wrong and defeated Alexander Gustafsson with a third-round knockout to win the vacant UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.

The title had been made vacant by Daniel Cormier, and immediately following his win at UFC 232, Bones called out his longtime rival once more.

Jones stated inside the Octagon after the fight that he wanted a third fight against Cormier, saying: "Prove to the fans you're a champ champ. Come get a taste. I'm here. Get your belt back, It'll be waiting right here."

Many thought this would mean Bones would be making the jump up to heavyweight to take on his longtime rival once more, as well as potentially become a two-division champion, but the man himself explained later why this wouldn't be the case.

During the post-fight press conference, the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion said, via MMA Weekly: “Me going to heavyweight would be making it extremely personal and for me I have no problem with DC.

“I have a problem when he comes out and says ‘see I told you guys he’s a cheater, I told you he’s a cheater!’. I have no problem with DC. I’m not going to go to heavyweight and try to take everything from him and destroy his legacy and all that type of stuff. Is it possible that I could do that? It is possible.

“But I’m fine having mine and he can have his. DC needs to admit to the people that he was never the light heavyweight champion or face me at light heavyweight and shut me up.”

Jon Jones has explained why he's not interested in fighting Daniel Cormier at heavyweight

Bones stated as well that because Cormier has never defeated him at light heavyweight, it's why he's always speaks out about him.

“The only thing I want to delegitimize as a retaliation is his claim of being a light heavyweight champion. He was never the light heavyweight champion. He never beat me. This has been my era since 2011. This is my era. DC is no champ-champ.

"When we talk about an asterisk next to my name, there’s always going to be an asterisk next to the idea of him being a champ-champ. The only way he can shut me up from what I’m saying right now is to beat my ass. Simple.”

If Jones vs Cormier 3 is going to take place, it will likely happen in the summer of 2019.

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