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Daniel Cormier needs the Jon Jones fight every bit as much as Jones does

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Daniel Cormier may be the UFC’s light heavyweight champion on paper, but to the public, the only way he’ll be viewed as the real world champion is to beat Jon Jones.

The announcement last week that Jon Jones was reinstated by the UFC was taken by many as bad news for current light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.

That thinking isn’t wrong on the surface. It is inevitable that Jones will be getting a title shot. Dana White had already gone on record as saying if Jones was reinstated, he would get an immediate shot at the title he never lost. There is also no doubt that Jones poses the biggest threat to Cormier’s title, given that he won four out of five rounds from the current champion when they fought on Jan. 3. When they next fight, both Jones and Cormier will be a little more than a year older than in the first fight. That’s good for Jones, 28, as he’s still a few years away from the prime years for a UFC light heavyweight. It’s not as good for Cormier, who turns 37 in March.

But as much as Jones needs a fight with Cormier to get ….View original article

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