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Report: Dana White wanted Jones vs. Cormier trilogy at UFC 235, ‘DC’ too hurt to fight

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If UFC president Dana White had it his way Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier would be fighting for a third time this March at UFC 235, according to a recent report by FloCombat’s Nolan King.

Per the report, White was hoping to schedule a trilogy fight between “Bones” and “DC” at UFC 235 on Mar. 2 from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, but ultimately couldn’t get the job done because Cormier was “hurt.”

This news comes after Jones returned to the Octagon after a 15-month suspension to defeat rival Alexander Gustafsson via third-round TKO at UFC 232 this past December. As a result of his victory, Jones was able to reclaim the same UFC light heavyweight title that Cormier relinquished just days before.

Remember, Jones and Cormier have already fought twice and are widely considered the two biggest rivals in the sport today. Jones won their first encounter back at UFC 182 in which he handed “DC” his first professional MMA loss. Their rematch, which took place at UFC 214 back in 2017, originally resulted in a knockout win for Jones. But after “Bones” popped for a failed drug test the victory was overturned to a no contest and Cormier was awarded the light heavyweight belt.

Since then, Cormier has claimed the UFC’s heavyweight title with a knockout win over Stipe Miocic this past July and Jones has knocked off “Mauler” to reclaim 205-pound glory.

With the trilogy fight with Cormier off the table for now, Jones is expected to defend his light heavyweight crown opposite streaking contender Anthony Smith at UFC 235, which will also feature a welterweight showdown between current champion Tyron Woodley and Kamaru Usman.

Of course, Jones must first get cleared by Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) before he meets “Lionheart” this March.