Jon Jones is not closing the doors on a third fight with Daniel Cormier.
At UFC 214, the conflict between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier ended when Jones scored a third-round knockout to win back the light heavyweight title. Cormier himself acknowledged that “there is no rivalry” after being defeated twice.
Jones, on the other hand, has not closed this chapter of his fighting career just yet. In a recent interview with MMA Junkie, “Bones” says he is still expecting to cross paths with Cormier sometime in the near future.
“I think Daniel is proud of himself for what he’s been able to accomplish. He should have his head high,” Jones said. “At this point, I don’t think it’s much of a debate where he stands in this sport when it comes to me and him. I think it’s a closed chapter. With that being said, I do think he has every right to be proud of his career, and his career’s not over yet.”
“We never know. There could be a Jones-Cormier 3,” he continued. “I know that’s a strong possibility. I know he’s going to be a very hard guy to beat for these other guys. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if I saw him again maybe a year or two from now.”
Jones once again gave props to Cormier, whom he felt had improved over the years. He also addressed the issue about DC’s post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, which the long-time UFC analyst had apologized for.
“I think it is unfair for ‘D.C.’ to be interviewed, but Joe Rogan apologized for it, and his explanation made great sense. He was caught up in the moment, which we all were.” Jones said. “I think it’s unfair for Daniel to be interviewed, but at the same time it is fair to the fans. It is fair to see just the raw emotion that goes into it. This fight has been two years in the making, and people want to hear from Daniel.”
“Even if he’s fresh off a knockout they just want to see how he feels and where he was at. The UFC slogan is ‘as real as it gets.’ It was a very real moment, a moment that I appreciated and I’m sure all the fans appreciated, even though it probably wasn’t the best moment for Daniel.”