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At the start of Cormier’s UFC 241 fight week, Jones seems to have decided to get ahead of the questions.
Monday, Jones (25-1 MMA, 19-1 UFC) took to social media to give his take on the likelihood he will step into the UFC cage for a third time with Cormier (22-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC). If Jones’ assessment is correct, the chance a third fight happens is grim.
In the first two of three consecutive tweets, Jones addressed the prospect of a move to 265 pounds. While he called the move “inevitable,” Jones indicated he isn’t allured by the idea of going to heavyweight specifically to meet Cormier, the current heavyweight champion, after the duo met at light heavyweight for their first two fights.
“I’ve been the light heavyweight champion for almost my entire MMA career, never have I moved up to challenge a heavyweight champion,” Jones wrote, in the first of three tweets. “I’m simply not interested in it right now, never seriously have been.”
“I feel like the move is inevitable but as of right now,” Jones continued, in the second tweet. “(I’m) dominating fights and making weight just fine. Daniels and I not reverie, but beef started at the light heavyweight division and that’s where it should end. (even though I could’ve sworn I ended this once or twice already).”
In his final tweet of the sequence, Jones assured followers a trilogy fight will not happen. The deciding factor? “Bones” believes Cormier will not drop weight back to 205 pounds.
“Despite what he says to the media, I will guarantee you guys there will be no third fight,” Jones wrote. “No way will he lose that weight again, no way will he be willing to reface those nightmares that comes when facing the beast.”
UFC heavyweight champion Cormier most recently tipped the scales at 251.2 pounds. The drop to heavyweight would mean he would have to shed 45.2 pounds in order to hit the light heavyweight limit. At age 40, the move could be a difficult one for DC.
Jones’ spree of tweets come on the heels of Cormier’s appearance on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on Monday afternoon. Throughout the interview, Cormier displayed passiveness when he spoke of the prospective trilogy. He stressed “the ball is in my court, now” and went as far as to say, “it doesn’t really matter if I fight him.”
“Ultimately, for him to make the big bucks, we have to fight each other,” Cormier said. “I’ve gotten to a point in my career now where the UFC takes such good care of me on the front side that I don’t have to sell another pay-per-view in my life. I want to, obviously, but I make so much money now on the frontside, it doesn’t really matter if I fight him.
“Before, I was like, ‘I need to fight Jones because I need to make money. I need to fight Jones because I need to legitimize myself.’ I don’t need to do that no more. I’m the heavyweight champ of the world, so I’ll make the determination of whether I’ll fight him or not again.”
Saturday night, Cormier will take on former heavyweight king Stipe Miocic (18-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) in a rematch of their UFC 226 fight in July 2018.
Jones’ three tweets can be seen below:
UPDATE: You knew it wouldn’t take long for Cormier to respond. On Twitter, the heavyweight champ said Jones will fight him again because he’s thirsty to make real money:
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