Daniel Cormier is set to defend his heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic at UFC 241. Should he win there, many want to see him take on Jon Jones next in a trilogy bout. Of course, “Bones” won both but one was overturned to a no-contest.
Although the two have a massive rivalry, Cormier says he no longer needs that fight.
“When it comes to Jones, I know now with all that I’ve accomplished, I don’t need that fight,” Cormier said to MMA Fighting. “I’ll be fine regardless but it will be something we revisit, me and my team, my management and everybody else and we’ll see if it’s something we want to do. Ultimately it will be my decision.
“Things are different. I feel like Jones is competing so many times because he has to try and one, regain the faith of the fans, but also retake his place in the sport and I did that. My place is secure with no question marks, no issues in regards in what I’ve done. It would ultimately be up to me to see what I want to do.”
However, Daniel Cormier knows that the fight will come with extra packaging. Whether or not Jones will test positive, all the trash-talk saying he really isn’t a champ-champ. For those reasons, he says he doesn’t need it anymore.
“I think at this point in my career and my life, if you ask me these questions three years ago in 2015 after I lost to him the first time, I’d get all kinds of fired up about everything Jon Jones. Now I’m at a different time in my life,” Cormier said. “Maybe I’ve lost faith in the honor of the sport because I feel that if we fight again, at the end of it win or lose, something extra will always be tied to it and I’m not talking about past interactions.
“I’m talking even after this next one, something will happen and it will just ruin it. Even after our last fight, I was ready to move on. Like OK, you got me and look what happened. I guess I just lost faith in everything.”