Jones 'absolutely' willing to fight Daniel Cormier-Stipe Miocic winner


LAS VEGAS – Jon Jones is happy to fight the UFC heavyweight champion after recording another light heavyweight title defense at UFC 239, but he reiterated that the money will have to be right.

One of the most desired fights UFC fans want to see is a third matchup between Jones (25-1 MMA, 19-1 UFC) and his longtime rival Daniel Cormier (22-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC). After defeating Thiago Santos (21-7 MMA, 13-6 UFC) by split decision on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena, the time may finally be right.

Jones did his part, and if Cormier can defend his heavyweight belt against Stipe Miocic (18-3 MMA, 11-2 UFC) at UFC 241 in August, “Bones” said he’s on board to make the fight happen so long as the terms are right.

“Absolutely (I would fight Cormier again),” Jones told reporters, including MMA Junkie, postfight at UFC 239. “Me and Daniel, we’re both speaking the same thing. It’s going to be a superfight, and the only reason why it hasn’t happened is, I think, the UFC’s scheduling. When the UFC’s ready for the fight, they know they have two guys who are willing and able and they’ll approach us and they’ll say, ‘Hey, this is what he’s going to get paid’ and Daniel will be happy.”

Should the outcome go Miocic’s way at UFC 241, Jones said he would consider that matchup. He teased a showdown with Miocic prior to being booked against Santos, and he would follow through if that’s how the situation plays out.

“Yeah, absolutely I’d be willing to fight Stipe, as well,” Jones said. “I’d rather fight Daniel because I feel like I have his recipe, but I’d fight Stipe, too.”

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