UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier continues to campaign for a rematch against Jon “Bones” Jones. However, there are speculations that Jones needs at least one tune-up fight before trying to get the title back. “DC” urged Jones to fight him on his return and said that he shouldn’t be thinking of other opponents.
“Take the fight with me, Jon Jones,” Cormier said. “There are no tune-up fights in the UFC. Try to get your title back. Come meet your boy ‘DC,’ come get this money. Let’s get money together and give the people in Anaheim a show. No tune-up for Jon Jones, he gets to come and get beat by me this time. We’re fighting right now or he doesn’t get to fight me. It’s my rules, I’m the champ now.”
At UFC 182, Jon Jones succeeded to defend his title after defeating Daniel Cormier via unanimous decision. He became the first fighter to take “DC” down. Cormier had the opportunity to avenge his loss at UFC 197 but he pulled out from the bout due to injury.
Daniel Cormier confident to beat Jon Jones in their second fight
The rematch between Cormier and Jones was expected to take place at UFC 200. However, Jones was removed from the bout due to a potential doping violation. Aside from being stripped of his interim light heavyweight title, Jones received a one-year suspension and couldn’t fight until the first week of July. At UFC 210, after defeating Anthony Johnson via submission, Cormier called out Jones for a rematch.
“The person that we saw against Ovince Saint Preux is the new, USADA-regulated Jon Jones,” Cormier said. “He’s always going to look like that. So, yes, I will beat him up on July 29th.”
“DC” has strong belief that he could beat Jones in their second fight. UFC president Dana White revealed their plan to set Cormier vs Jones 2 as the co-main event for UFC 214. However, as of now, Jones is yet to agree to fight or talk about his return to the Octagon.
Jimi Manuwa as Jon Jones’ replacement
If Jones will not be available, UFC light heavyweight contender Jimi Manuwa could earn the opportunity to fight for the title. Manuwa improved his ranking by beating Corey Anderson at UFC Fight Night 107. Cormier already informed UFC president Dana White that he’s ready to face either Manuwa or Jones for his next title defense.
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