Jon “Bones” Jones (23-1-0) has had his share of personal troubles the last couple years. He failed a drug test prior to the first meeting between these two, and he was involved in a hit and run accident in 2015, but he prevailed at UFC 214 and restored his legacy as one of the greatest fighters in UFC history and perhaps the greatest light heavyweight fighter of all time.
Jones and Daniel Cormier (19-1-0) met in the octagon for the second time in Anaheim, California at the Honda Center. This was the first time Jones has been in the octagon since April 23, 2016 when he defeated Ovince Saint Preux, at UFC 197 where Jones was originally scheduled to fight Cormier but he pulled out with a foot injury.
There was plenty of trash talk between the two fighters in the months leading up to this fight. Jones had stated that Cormier wasn’t a real champion; he was only champion because Jones had to vacate it.
Jones came out strong showing little rust, and ultimately won the fight by way of knockout 3:01 into the third of five possible rounds.
Understandably, Cormier was emotional after this loss, because it truly meant he was never a real champion, he was just a place holder until Jones returned. That’s how UFC veteran Frank Mir views it as well:
People need to understand why D.C. was so hurt by outcome-The loss means he was never really champ & only had title because of Jons absence
— Frank Mir (@thefrankmir) July 30, 2017
Although these two have been going back and forth at each other for the last year or so, Jones squashed the beef by stating, “He has been a model champion, a model husband, a model father, teammate, leader, and I aspire to be more like that man.”
In his post fight interview, Jones called out former UFC fighter and current WWE superstar Brock Lesnar. Early last week during a Facebook Live chat, Jones was asked if he would fight Lesnar. Jones responded to the question stating, “He’s a massive dude, it would be a massive draw, really big for the sport. It would be a great challenge; that’s a big old boy. I doubt Brock Lesnar would take that fight, though.”
Lesnar quickly responded by saying he’d take that fight “anytime, anywhere.” It seems doubtful that this fight would materialize as Lesnar is suspended by the USADA. In February, he announced his retirement from the UFC, so he would have to re-enter the USADA testing process and serve the rest of his suspension, which has more than six months remaining.
You can watch Jones’ full octagon interview below: