Reigning light heavyweight king Jon Jones became the UFC’s most decorated 205-pound champion at the age of 26. Jones has rattled off 12 consecutive wins, with his last seven being of the title defense variety.
After be loses to Daniel Cormier (pictured) at UFC 182, “Bones” will become just an average mixed martial artist scrambling to get his career back on track – so says Daniel Cormier.
“I think he falls back in the pack,” Cormier said on ‘UFC Tonight’ of where Jones’s career is headed after their UFC 182 shootout. “He’ll get a rematch, but he’ll fall back. Once he knows he can get beat and no one is scared of him, he won’t win ten in a row anymore.
“He’ll win some and he’ll lose some. He’ll go searching for answers and move to heavyweight. It’ll put doubt and questions in his head. He’ll come out a different man. He might need to be convinced to take the rematch. He’ll lose to me and his career will go in a tailspin. I’m looking to rid MMA of Jon Jones.”
Cormier has been seething for a piece of “Bones” since their first encounter four years ago, where he claims Jones disrespected him. Cormier has been staring at a picture of Jones’ mug ever since for motivation.
“This is what I’ve wanted for years, since I met Jon. When I met him in 2010, our first interaction was unpleasant,” Cormier stated. “He insulted me, so he gave me material and I put his picture on the wall and I have been looking at it since then. I want to beat him in his prime. This has been a goal for four years.”
Cormier finally challenges Jones for his throne at UFC 182 inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The January 3 showdown is one of the most anticipated fights in octagon history.