Daniel Cormier Explains Why He Wants Third Fight With Jon Jones

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It appears that the bad blood between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones won’t ever go away.

The two fighters have competed against each other two times. The UFC light heavyweight champion lost to Jones by third-round TKO in the main event of UFC 214 on July 29 in Anaheim, California on PPV (pay-per-view). It was revealed after the fight that Jones tested positive for Turinabol.

As a result of that failed drug test, Jones was stripped of the UFC light heavyweight title and removed from the official UFC rankings. The promotion then reinstated Cormier as the champion.

The CSAC later revoked Jones’ MMA license and fined him $205,000 at the hearing held earlier this year that would determine Jones’ fate as a result of this drug test. Now, Jones is waiting for a hearing about the decision made by USADA regarding his punishment.

Their first fight went down back on January 3, 2015, at UFC 182 where Jones picked up the decision win.

Cormier stated in a recent interview that he still wants a third fight with the former UFC champion.

Keep in mind that Cormier plans to retire soon so if this fight is going to happen, Jones will need to get a short USADA suspension in order for this bout to be made.

“I want to fight Jon Jones,” Cormier told MMAjunkie over the weekend. “I do. I still feel I can win. I know that I’ve lost twice and last fight I got kicked in the head, but I feel like we were having a good fight, and I feel like every fight’s been good. I feel like if we fought a third time, it would be even better. I want to fight Jon Jones. That’ll never change.”

“I thought (the door on a third Jones fight) was closed, but you asked me what I want,” Cormier said. “Is that a possibility? I’m not sure. But as a competitor, it’s what I want. You don’t always get what you want, but I feel like if we had the opportunity again it would be a good fight.

But that’s what I want. If not, I’ll fight whoever. That’s what I’ve always done. I defended the belt against Volkan Oezdemir. He was the next guy, so I fought him.”

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