Jon Jones Complements Daniel Cormier On His Post Fighting Success

Jon Jones is putting all the beef between himself and Daniel Cormier behind him and admits he is happy for his former foe.

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Jon Jones is finally putting his feud with Daniel Cormier to rest. 

Jon Jones is getting ready to make his UFC heavyweight debut in March. The announcement that he had intentions to move to heavyweight began back in 2020, over the past three years Jones has been packing on the weight and preparing for his new weight class. Jones will be facing Ciryl Gane for the heavyweight title at UFC 285. Jones relinquished his light heavyweight title back in 2020 and now will be looking to add yet another UFC belt to his mantle.

Jones is not the first man to try his hand at holding titles in both the light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions. Daniel Cormier famously held both titles simultaneously back in 2018. Cormier and Jones had a bad relationship around that time although it seems now that it is all water under the bridge.

Jon Jones expresses how happy he is for Daniel Cormier

Cormier and Jones fought twice at light heavyweight. The first time was at UFC 182 when Jones claimed the unanimous decision over DC and defended the heavyweight title. The second time they fought was a UFC 214, and once again Jones was victorious, knocking Cormier out in the third round. That win was later changed to a no-contest after Jones tested positive for a banned substance. Now six years later all the bad blood between the two seems to be behind them.

“I’m not competing against Daniel Cormier,” he said in a recent interview with Sports Illustrated. “I’ve already beat him twice. I’m really happy for Daniel Cormier. I love what he’s done in his life with his wrestling and broadcasting. I think it’s awesome when a fighter can retire and use his voice and intelligence to do something that he loves, so I’ve got nothing but respect for Daniel Cormier.”

In 2020 when Jones decided to make his move to heavyweight Cormier made his decision to leave fighting altogether. Since his retirement he has been seen cage-side at UFC events doing the commentary, he has a successful YouTube channel, and he is also an analyst for ESPN. It is not clear at this point if he will be cage-side during the March 4 fight in Las Vegas. 

Published on January 19, 2023 at 3:30 pm
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