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Daniel Cormier says he and Anthony Johnson agree: ‘Stop coddling’ Jon Jones

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Daniel Cormier thought the light heavyweight title picture was settled after Anthony Johnson scored a 13-second knockout over Glover Teixeira at UFC 202. The win extended Johnson’s streak of vicious knockouts to three straight and assumedly set up a rematch between Johnson and Cormier for the 205-pound belt. But UFC president Dana White doesn’t seem to be sold.

White recently revealed on the UFC Unfiltered podcast that the UFC is considering staging a fight between Johnson and disgraced former champion Jon Jones to determine the division’s next title contender. Nonetheless, both Cormier and Johnson are in agreement that Jones doesn’t deserve to be thrown back into another high-profile spot.

“You know what, man, I really worry about myself, but Anthony actually talked to me and said he doesn’t feel like Jon deserves anything,” Cormier said Wednesday on UFC Tonight. “He goes, it’s time to stop coddling this kid, stop giving him things that he doesn’t deserve.

“He feels like [Jones] should have to earn his way back, and you know what, I agree. I agree, I think I should be fighting ‘Rumble’ Johnson, but that’s between Anthony and Jon. I don’t know what that does for me (if they fight). The only issue is it would make me have to wait for a long time if those guys go. The truth is, Jon’s not even able to fight yet. Jon’s not cleared.”

Jones is currently under temporary suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission for the drug testing failure that imploded UFC 200 just three days before the bicentennial event. In an out-of-competition screening administered by USADA on June 16, Jones tested positive for two banned substances: hydroxy-clomiphene, an anti-estrogenic agent, and letrozole metabolites, an aromatase inhibitor.

Jones faces a maximum one-year suspension from USADA ….View full article

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