Jon Jones has no interest in moving up to heavyweight to meet his old rival Daniel Cormier, according to comments made by the former UFC light heavyweight champion this afternoon.
Jones was speaking on UFC on FOX following the UFC 232 ceremonial weigh-ins where he was first asked his opinion on Cormier’s earlier relinquishment of the 205-pound title, before then being asked if he’d ever meet the now former double champion at heavyweight.
“It’s up to Daniel Cormier to challenge me to get his belt back,” Jones said. “I heard that he ended up relinquishing his belt, and I think that’s a good look. But at the end of the day, I know most people know that he never was the champion. Hats off to him for being the heavyweight champion of the world, but I’ve been the light heavyweight champion since 2011. That’s just facts. That’s just facts. The belt was given to him. He has not beaten me. So, he can cancel all doubts by challenging me and really being a legit champ champ.”
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“Nah, no. He looks good at heavyweight,” Jones later said of moving up to face Cormier. “He’s designed to be a heavyweight. He’s comfortable there. He naturally goes to heavyweight between every fight. That is his spot, and like I said, he makes a great heavyweight champion. Even before fighting me, he was on a tear at heavyweight. That’s his zone. I have no reason to challenge him at heavyweight, because for me it’s not personal.
“When he comes down to light heavyweight, it’ll be personal again. And he can have what he has, I’ll have what I have, and that’s being the most dominant light heavyweight champion, the only light heavyweight champion since 2011.”