If everything falls into place we may finally get to witness the trilogy fight between rival UFC champions Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier.
The two stars have been entangled in a highly-publicized feud for a few years now and still have enough bad blood left in the tank to run things back one last time. Remember, Jones has defeated “DC” twice in the past, although his knockout win back at UFC 214 was overturned to a no contest after “Bones” tested positive for a banned substance.
Despite what both camps may say, Jones and Cormier are both interested in fighting another time, especially if the money is right. The only question is whether the fight takes places at light heavyweight, where both of the previous two did, or at heavyweight, which is where Cormier currently reigns supreme.
According to UFC president Dana White, who believes that both rivals want to run it back a third time, the trilogy fight should take place at heavyweight. But considering how competitive Jones and Cormier are both fighters may want to do it again at 205 pounds just to prove a point.
“The Cormier fight doesn’t need to happen again, but I think people want it to happen again, I want to see it again, I know they both want it,” said White in a recent interview with UFC’s Laura Sanko (see it HERE). “I want to see it at heavyweight, but those two are so stubborn, they both want it at 205.”
Jones, who is coming off close decision win over Thiago Santos back at UFC 239, doesn’t have much to gain from a third win over Cormier at light heavyweight. But if the 205-pound champ is able to move up to heavyweight, hand “DC” his first career loss in the division, and become the newest UFC double champ, it may finally solidify Jones as the hands down greatest fighter of all time.
Cormier, who is scheduled to defend his UFC heavyweight title in a rematch with Stipe Miocic later this month at UFC 241, has already hinted at possible retirement, but seems open to suspending those plans for another chance at “Bones.” The only problem is that Cormier hasn’t fought at light heavyweight in nearly two years. Having grown accustomed to the life of a heavyweight there’s no telling if the 40-year-old can cut back down to fight Jones at 205 pounds and remain effective inside of the Octagon. It makes more sense for Cormier to stay put and goad Jones into finally moving up in weight.
At this point in time everything really hinders on Cormier being able to take out Miocic (again) in two weeks. If “DC” is successful in defending his heavyweight belt then it’s possible UFC looks to book the Jones trilogy fight for Madison Square Garden this November.