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Daniel Cormier not opposed to Jon Jones trilogy fight before retiring from UFC

UFC 214: Weigh-ins Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Daniel Cormier has already declared he would retire from actively competing in mixed martial arts (MMA) in the first part of 2019.

Prior to that, however, he looks to make history by becoming the promotion’s fourth fighter to hold two titles in as many divisions when he faces Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 226 on July 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

But if the opportunity presents itself, “DC” wouldn’t turn down a a trilogy fight against Jon Jones, whom he’s had a long and rocky history with in, and out, of the Octagon. After losing to him at UFC 182, Cormier was then knocked out by him two years later at UFC 214. That win, however, was overturned to a no contest after Jones was popped by United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA).

Despite his past issues with Jones, Cormier won’t completely dog on Jones, saying in a recent in-depth interview with Bloody Elbow that Jon never needed any extra help to do his damage inside the Octagon. That said, the fact remains Jones is the only man to hold wins over Cormier, and if he has the chance to get one back before he pulls the curtain on his career, Daniel is all for it.

“I don’t know. I don’t know what he was doing. The only thing I can base an opinion on is from what came out publicly. I don’t think for a second that Jon Jones needed any type of enhancements to compete. I think he’s ultra-talented, he’s a fantastic fighter, he’s very smart in there, and I think he can do whatever he wants, but he chose to do it the wrong way. I can’t change that. All I can really worry about is what I can take care of. If a chance to compete against him arises, then I’ll take it and hopefully, finally vindicate those losses. That’s the only guy that’s ever beat me, and if I can get those back, I’ll be in business.”

While most trilogy fights booked usually see the combatants split the first two encounters, “DC” doesn’t have that argument to make after getting smoked by “Bones” on both occasions.

But given these circumstances, booking a third fight between the two world champions likely wouldn’t get much resistance from the combat community.