Now 30 months removed from his last title defense against Cormier, Jones insists that his troubles are behind him. I'll fight 145, 135, 125, just to get as much fights in as a I can before I have to retire too old. "Everything is in order for me".
The Jon Jones-Daniel Cormier rivalry has produced some of the most heated face offs in MMA history, and tonight's press conference ahead of UFC 214 was one of the craziest yet.
The pick here is Jones by stoppage in the fourth round. Since that victory in 2011, "Bones" Jones made more headlines outside of the cage than he did in the ring.
"People say, 'It's too late; it's getting too long, ' but I think it's the ideal time". Based on what I know, I see no reason that a Lesnar return to UFC would cease Brock's WWE paydays over the long haul. "Somewhere along the way I got lost and I got caught up in my own (expletive), man". The goal here is to finish the fight. I want the best for him, I really do. One way to look at it is that Jones is so revolutionary a fighter that he can not be contained within the rules.
Jones reached the pinnacle of his sport when he soundly defeated Cormier in January 2015 to defend his UFC 205-pound title. Now he's coming off a year's suspension after testing positive for two estrogen blockers.
Records are nice, Maia says, but they'll be broken one day. The only doubt that hangs over the 38-year-old's head relates to Jon Jones. His 7-foot wing span and 6-foot-4 frame remains a puzzle that has yet to be solved. Aside from that fight and a possible showdown with Lesnar, there aren't any interesting opponents on the horizon for Jones. "So we'll see, I just might", Johnson said. This is what my camp expects out of me. "He beat me, but (not compared to) some of the dominant performances he's had".
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"He won a fight, he didn't wipe the mat with me", Cormier said.
"I just feel like when you're making the company money and you're a pay-per-view draw and you're ultimately putting money in his pocket, then you mean a lot to him", Jones said of White. "It's the last thing for me to do, and yeah, it's important".
"I didn't get here being stupid", Cormier said. He didn't expect Jones (22-1) to be as strong as he was and how hard it would be to contend with his long arms and legs. "Right now he should be anxious about D.C. on Saturday night".
This is the kind of matchup that helped build the UFC brand into a $4 billion business.
"I can nearly sympathize with Jon more today than I did before", Cormier said.
Since then, though, she's had to watch as the UFC added 135 lbs. and 115 lbs. women's divisions as she dominated featherweights in both Strikeforce and then Invicta FC.
"Unless he has something real pressing to talk to me about, I'd rather just talk to Ari Emanuel". That was my original thought and somewhere along the line I stopped caring and I started living for myself.