UFC 239: Jon Jones is “Absolutely” Interested in Fighting Winner of Daniel Cormier – Stipe Miocic 2
By FCF Staff
Having defended the light-heavyweight title yet again on Saturday night, Jon Jones says he’s willing to face the winner of the upcoming bout between Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic.
Jones faced Thiago Santos in the main event of UFC 239 last night, and emerged from the tightly contested bout with a split decision win. For months, there’s been talk about the possibility of Jones facing Cormier at heavyweight. So, not surprisingly, after UFC 239 Jones was asked about facing Cormier again. “Bones” said this (quote via MMA Junkie):
“Absolutely (I would fight Cormier again),” Jones said. “Me and Daniel, we’re both speaking the same thing. It’s going to be a superfight, and the only reason why it hasn’t happened is, I think, the UFC’s scheduling. When the UFC’s ready for the fight, they know they have two guys who are willing and able and they’ll approach us and they’ll say, ‘Hey, this is what he’s going to get paid’ and Daniel will be happy.”
Cormier is scheduled to rematch Miocic at UFC 241, which will take place on August 17th. When asked if he’d be interested in fighting Miocic, provided the latter reclaims the heavyweight title, Jones said:
“Yeah, absolutely I’d be willing to fight Stipe, as well,” Jones said. “I’d rather fight Daniel because I feel like I have his recipe, but I’d fight Stipe, too.”
Jones repeated, however, that his primary focus is his reign at 205. After taking back the light-heavyweight title in December, by stopping Alexander Gustafsson, Jones defeated Anthony Smith this past March by unanimous decision.
Cormier knocked Miocic out in their first bout, which took place last July at UFC 226.