Even with Daniel Cormier having traded the Octagon for a career as an analyst, Jon Jones seems to still feel the need to lob a few verbal jabs in the direction of his old rival.
Jones and Cormier engaged in one of the more heated rivalries in UFC light heavyweight history. They fought twice in the cage, with Jones winning the first by five-round decision. The second, which came in the summer of 2017 at UFC 214, was subsequently declared a no-contest after Jones failed post-fight drug tests. He has initially been awarded the win via knockout.
Jones has since relinquished the UFC’s 205-pound title to move north to the heavyweight division where his stated aim is to win the heavyweight title to add to his collection; an achievement which would mirror that of Cormier, albeit ‘DC’ held the two championships consecutively.
‘Bones’ is expected to be ushered into top contender status when he makes his heavyweight debut, presumably this year, where he will likely face one or both of the division’s two standouts: champion Stipe Miocic and/or top contender Francis Ngannou.
Cormier and Miocic fought three times in recent years (with Cormier winning the first, Miocic the second two) in what ‘DC’ calls the greatest rivalry of his career — but apparently snapping back on Twitter, Jones seemed to imply that he will fare better against the current UFC heavyweight champion than Cormier did in his last two outings.
Check out the tweet below:
Stipe is your rival I’m your superior.
— BONY (@JonnyBones) January 3, 2021