Now that the UFC has a date set for its first event in New York in 21 years, the Empire State’s native son Jon Jones is being speculated a prime attraction for the Nov. 12 event at Madison Square Garden.
Yet there are a few things that need to get resolved.
For starters, Jones has a fight against Ovince St. Preux for the interim light heavyweight title lined up on April 23 at UFC 197. He was originally slated to face current champion Daniel Cormier, but with Cormier hurt he needs to clear the hurdle of OSP.
And then there’s the question of Cormier himself, who at one point said he would not face Jones in New York. As for Rochester’s own Jones, he said fighting at MSG in November would be fine by him.
“Yeah, I would be honored to main event against Daniel Cormier at Madison Square Garden,” he said during a UFC 197 media call on Friday. “The question is, you know will Daniel Cormier accept that fight. Daniel Cormier has had a lot of mental struggles when it comes to me and uh…” (laughs) “…that’s just one more thing that he doesn’t need. I’m sure he doesn’t want to fight me in my backyard, because he needs all the mental breaks he can get.
“So, who knows. I doubt he’d fight me at Madison Square Garden. But like I said, I’ll fight him wherever. The Oklahoma State wrestling room, his living room, whatever.”
The 28-year old Jones was stripped of his title after a 2015 hit-and-run incident in Albuquerque, and he has since been in trouble for other moving violations.
Yet in his rivalry with Cormier — whom he defeated at UFC 182 via unanimous decision — has only gotten more contentious in his absence. ….View full article
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