UFC superstar Jon Jones celebrated a milestone on Sunday by lashing out at his longtime light heavyweight rival Daniel Cormier. Jones, 33, must have seen the UFC and others tweet about the anniversary of the first Jones vs. Cormier bout that happened five years ago because the MMA stalwart sent out a series of tweets blasting “DC”.
The UFC posted, “The Jones-Cormier rivalry finally hit the Octagon” in 2015.
ESPN posted, “…UFC 182 featured one of the most intense build-ups in MMA history.”
But Jones wasn’t about simply celebrating those events. Instead, Jones posted, “On this day in history, I created a hater forever”.
Additionally, Jones pointed out the huge difference between Cormier’s recent rivalry with UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and the one he had against Jones at 205 pounds.
Cormier lost his rivalry to Miocic 2-1 in the trilogy capper last year at UFC 252, but Jones defeated Cormier both times the two superstars faced each other in the Octagon.
Jones said, “Stipe is your rival I’m your superior.”
Jones sent out another tweet to let his followers know he was having a bit of fun remembering his fights against Cormier.
Finally, Jones warned future rivals that he would be back to the UFC’s Octagon soon.
Jones later deleted those posts.
Also, Jones’ second win over Cormier was overturned after the fighter tested positive for banned substances.
Jones Is Ready for Heavyweight Showdown
Last week, Jones told Heavy he intends on fighting for UFC gold in the heavyweight division sometime next year.
ESPN’s Ariel Helwani reported Jones would face the winner of the upcoming rematch between UFC heavyweight champion Miocic and Francis Ngannou.
Jones would be happy to tangle with either fighter for the belt, but the longtime light heavyweight king said he wouldn’t be surprised to see Ngannou end up as his opponent.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if Francis won the rematch,” Jones said. “He’s just training constantly. Stipe is a little more private about his training. I’m sure Stipe is training as well. But Francis’ learning curve seems rather high. His balance and wrestling constantly seem to be improving, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he won.”
Still, Jones admitted he would probably rather face Miocic next because Miocic is already considered by many to be the most accomplished UFC heavyweight in history.
“But I would rather fight Stipe because there’s a lot more to take from him,” Jones said.
More About Daniel Cormier
Cormier defeated Miocic via 2nd-round knockout at UFC 226 in 2018. He was stopped in the 4th-round of the rematch a year later and suffered a decision loss to Miocic in their final encounter.
If Cormier isn’t already a rival to Jones, then the retired two-division champion at least has this one thing over Jones: he’s been a double champ.
Cormier won UFC gold in both the light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions. That made the American one of only seven fighters in history to accomplish the feat of winning a UFC title in more than one weight class.
Moreover, Cormier is one of only four UFC champs to hold two divisional championships at the same time. The retired “champ champ” never beat Jones in a fight, but he enjoyed one of the most remarkable runs in UFC history.
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