There is no doubt in anybody’s mind that the “DC” – Jon “Bones” Jones feud is probably the most heated rivalry in the history of UFC. There is no love lost between the two Americans, as they simply can’t stand each other. They’ve been inside the Octagon two times and the 31-years-old Jones emerged as a winner both times, even though the second bout was later overturned to a “No-Contest” due to “Bones” failed drug test.
That being said, they both have respect for each other and the last statement Jones made is the best evidence. The 40-years-old vet will be facing Stipe Miocic later that year at UFC 241 in a rematch for the heavyweight belt of the company. Last year Cormier defeated Stipe in the 1st round via KO and now the Ohio native will try to redeem himself.
Asked what he thinks about this fight, Jones had this to say:
“I think Stipe will put up a better fight but I do think DC will win again,” Jones told UFC color commentator Dan Hardy recently. DC’s an extraordinary athlete. His flexibility and his speed for the way he’s built doesn’t make sense. Even his endurance for the way he’s built. He’s a special athlete.
“I don’t think most guys would beat DC. I think the way to beat DC is to catch him with a knockout shot, which Stipe has the power to do. Question is can he land it? I think DC’s smart and he’s going to use his wrestling wit and find a way to win again and then he’ll retire or fight at heavyweight again.”
Cormier has previously said that he wants a third and final bout with Jones, but the light heavyweight champion “rejected” the offer once again.
“He’s definitely never coming back to light heavyweight. He says it but there’s no way he’s coming to light heavyweight,” Jones said. “To commit your life to lose that type of weight and to come up short again would be so devastating.
“It would take an incredible amount of courage to attempt it and to come up short would just be so devastating. I doubt he’d put himself through that for the third time.”