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

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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An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

He initially started creating content on his own blog back in June of 2016, before becoming a staff writer, lead writer, and editor for websites such as MMA Motion, Combat Insiders, Fight Bananas, FightPost, Severe MMA, MMA Power Hour, FightBook MMA, LowKick MMA, and of course, Current MMA.

Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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