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Daniel Cormier Doubts Jon Jones Wins UFC Heavyweight Title: ‘He’ll Lose’

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Ross Markey

Former two-weight UFC champion, Daniel Cormier has his reservations regarding former two-time light heavyweight champion and past-foe, Jon Jones’ ability to clinch gold a division higher, given the expertise of both champion, Francis Ngannou, and interim titleholder, Ciryl Gane

Cormier, who twice clashed with Jones during his illustrious professional mixed martial arts career, initially lost a light heavyweight title challenge against the Rochester native back in January 2015, before a July 2017 title rematch high-kick knockout loss resulted in an eventual ‘No Contest’ after Jones failed a USADA anti-doping test. 

With the former Jackson-Wink MMA trainee expected to finally make his heavyweight division leap this year following his August 2020 vacation of the light heavyweight title, Jones has been tipped to fall short of his goal of becoming a two-weight champion by arch-rival, Cormier.

“I believe Jon Jones will fight at heavyweight, and he’ll fight for the belt, but he’ll lose to Ciryl Gane or Francis Ngannou,” Daniel Cormier said on his podcast, DC & RC with Ryan Clark. “And I just think that the time away with the weight difference, and those guys being who they are, that’s the problem. It’s not that Jones has gotten worse – it’s just that these guys are a different level of heavyweight.”

Jones’ most recent outing came back in February 2020 at UFC 247, where he successfully defended his light heavyweight championship with a close, contentious unanimous decision victory against two-time title challenger, Dominick Reyes in Houston, Texas.

For Ngannou, the Cameroon native clinched the undisputed heavyweight championship in March with a second round rematch knockout win over former two-time champion, Stipe Miocic.

And with Gane winning an interim heavyweight title against Derrick Lewis last August at UFC 265 – the two are slated to headline UFC 270 next weekend in Anaheim, California in a championship unification showdown. 

During his absence from the sport, Jones has welcomed a return against either Ngannou or the undefeated, Gane, and is widely expected to challenge for Octagon gold immediately upon his return to the promotion.

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