Daniel Cormier provided an instant reaction to Jon Jones’ performance at UFC 285.
On March 4, ‘Bones’ made history by becoming the UFC heavyweight champion by defeating Ciryl Gane by a first-round submission. Although the former light heavyweight king was the betting favorite, most people didn’t expect him to get the job done so quickly. With that said, Cormier did find some negatives about his performance.
During a reaction video on his YouTube channel, Cormier gave Jones his flowers before saying pointing out the few negatives of his performance:
“Jones doesn’t look like the same guy in the Octagon. Tad bit slower, his movements aren’t as quick and dynamic, but that’s what you expect from a guy that puts on that much weight, but when he went out there, he seemed to be having a good time.”
‘Bones’ initially was rumored to be connected to two opponents before Gane: Francis Ngannou and Stipe Miocic. Now that Ngannou has parted ways with the UFC, Miocic is the most likely next title challenger for Jones, especially considering the new heavyweight champion him out during his post-fight Octagon interview.
Assuming Miocic is next for Jones, Cormier believes he will be a tougher challenger than Gane.
A LIVING LEGEND! @JonnyBones just proved he’s the greatest of all time ☠️ #UFC285 pic.twitter.com/39miHeDyP6
— UFC (@ufc) March 5, 2023
Watch Daniel Cormier react to UFC 285 below:
Daniel Cormier expects Stipe Miocic to be a tougher matchup for Jon Jones
Dana White has confirmed that Stipe Miocic is next in line for Jon Jones. The future heavyweight championship fight was further guaranteed when ‘Bones’ used his post-fight interview to call out Miocic, who was sitting ringside. During the same reaction video, Daniel Cormier had this to say about the former heavyweight champion being a tougher test than Ciryl Gane:
“Nobody has done to Ciryl Gane what we saw done to him tonight, but I would imagine that in Jones’ return, he will have a much steeper challenge as he will be challenged by Stipe Miocic at International Fight Week for the heavyweight championship of the world.”
Miocic last fought in March 2021, losing in devastating fashion against Francis Ngannou. With that said, the Ohio native is one of the greatest heavyweights of all time. The 40-year-old has the potential to give Jones trouble, but the task is easier said than done. ‘Bones’ looked phenomenal against Gane, and it will take a lot to dethrone him from the heavyweight throne.