What Jon Jones tweeted to try bait Daniel Cormier into LHW trilogy fight ahead of UFC 241
Cormier will defend his heavyweight title this weekend at UFC 241 in an eagerly rematch with Stipe Miocic, whom he claimed the 265lb crown from in July 2018.
Unsurprisingly the build-up to Cormier’s second defence of his heavyweight crown has been dominated by talk of a trilogy fight with Jones.
Cormier recently declared himself open to a rubber match with his light-heavyweight counterpart, so long as the UFC brass made it worth his while.
Jones, however, isn’t keen on a moving up to heavyweight to fight ‘DC’ in his natural weight class and doesn’t foresee his nemesis moving back down to 205lbs.
No way will he lose that weight again, no way will he be willing to reface those nightmares that comes when facing the beast
Jon Jones on a trilogy fight with Daniel Cormier
But early on Monday morning, the 32-year-old appeared to attempt to bait Cormier into doing just that.
“I’ve been the light heavyweight champion for almost my entire MMA career, never have I moved up to challenge a heavyweight champion,” he tweeted. “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, I’m dominating fights and making weight just fine.
“Daniel 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).
“Despite what he says to the media, I will guarantee you guys there will be no third fight.
“No way will he lose that weight again, no way will he be willing to reface those nightmares that comes when facing the beast.”
It didn’t take long for Cormier to get wind of Jones’ dismissal of a potential third installment of their storied rivalry, which he quickly slammed.
He said: “Of course he wants to fight me, he’s fought 3 times this year and I’m gonna make more this weekend than he will even if he fights again this year lmao. O, how times have changed!”
Jones and Cormier first fought one another at UFC 182 in January 2015, with the latter winning the bout via unanimous decision.
The pair rematched one another three-and-half years later in the main event at UFC 214 in Anaheim, California, where Cormier will rematch Miocic.
Jones won the contest via a devastating third-round TKO, though the result was overturned to a no-contest after it emerged the New York native tested positive for the banned anabolic steroid Turanibol.
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