Jon Jones will lose to Ciryl Gane or Francis Ngannou because they are “a different level of heavyweight,” bitter rival Daniel Cormier has claimed.
Interim titleholder Gane will face the defending heavyweight champion on January 22 in the main event of cfu 270 in Anaheim, California.
The winner of the fight could be in line to take on former DC foe Jones, who previously held the UFC light heavyweight title.
Cormier, a former two-weight world champion, fought Jones twice in the octagon, and he had some words of warning for his former rival.
When asked to give his predictions for the new year, Cormier told ESPN: “I believe Jon Jones will fight at heavyweight and he will fight for the belt, but he will lose to Ciryl Gane or Francis Ngannou. .
“I just think the time that has passed, with the weight difference, and these guys being what they are, that’s the problem.
“It’s not that Jones got worse, it’s just that these guys are a different level of heavyweight.”
However, this contradicts his previous claims that Jones “is the guy who will give Ciryl Gane the most problems”.
Speaking on his ESPN ‘DC & RC’ show in August last year, Cormier, who is now retired from mixed martial arts, said: “Jon Jones is the guy who will cause the most problems for Ciryl Gane.
“Why? Because Jon Jones fought at 205, Jon Jones has the talent of a little guy, Jon Jones has seen athletes before.
“Jon Jones beat me twice. I am an athlete. He’s seen the speed, he’s seen the foot movement and the angles, he’s had to deal with guys like that before.
“Now can he handle that at a higher weight class? I don’t know. But I really believe Jones is one of the guys who can really give Ciryl Gane problems, but I don’t know who beats him. I think Francis has his hands full.
As mentioned, Jones and Cormier have fought twice before, with Jones coming out on top each time.
The pair were embroiled in a fierce rivalry even before they fought at UFC 182 – one of the promotion’s biggest-selling pay-per-view events at the time – including their infamous brawl in the middle of the MGM Grand. in Las Vegas.
On January 3, 2015, Jones defeated Cormier via unanimous decision, but was stripped of the title later that same year after violating the UFC Athlete Code of Conduct policy. He won his second fight at UFC 214 in 2017, but this time the result was changed to a no contest after he tested positive for a turinabol metabolite.
Since then, their heated rivalry has continued on social media and exchanged words in press conferences and interviews, with the pair seemingly happy to shoot each other at every opportunity.
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