Jon Jones: “Brock Lesnar Brings Different Audience, I Made Daniel Cormier Cry Two Times”
Jon Jones is set to defend his Light Heavyweight belt against Anthony “Lionheart” Smith this Saturday night (March 2, 2019), inside of T-Mobile Arena, in Paradise, Nevada.
But if the current UFC 205-pound champion would be given a chance to choose his next opponent between the WWE star Brock Lesnar and the UFC Heavyweight king Daniel Cormier, it wouldn’t be a difficult decision.
Jon Jones would rather go for a man who brings a new audience since he wants to let “crying bitter old rival” enjoy sitting on the top of the division. (h/t MMAJunkie)
“I’d take Brock Lesnar,” Jones told reporters at UFC 235 media day. “I’d take Brock Lesnar because he brings in a whole different audience and people have already seen me make ‘DC’ cry twice already. I’ve got nothing against that guy. Let him have his heavyweight dominance.”
Jon Jones fought Daniel Cormier two times. “Bones” was better at UFC 182, on January 3, 2015, where he earned a unanimous decision win.
The two met again at UFC 214, on July 29, 2017. Jon Jones won via head kick KO, but the result was overturned to no contest after Jones’ samples were tested positive on Turinabol.
Luckily for Jon Jones, “substantial assistance rule” was his ally, and he slipped through with a 15-month suspension. Cormier later accused him of snitching his teammates to get reduced penalty, but Jones claimed he didn’t do that.
A few days ago, Jon Jones set strict terms for potential trilogy bout against Daniel Cormier in UFC Heavyweight division. Jones “has nothing to prove”, so only a monstrous paycheck might make him reconsider third meeting against Cormier.
Jon Jones demands a lot of money since he believes fighting “GOAT” Cormier at 265-pound division might be very risky for his health.
“The reason why I think it would cost more for me is because Daniel Cormier is considered by most people, by some people I should say, as the greatest of all-time,” Jones said. “And to fight the greatest of all-time when he’s weighing 30 pounds more than me, it’s dangerous no matter who you are. I want to make it worth my while because ultimately my health is on the line.”
Would you rather watch Jones fighting Cormier or the WWE champ Brock Lesnar?