Jon Jones won’t win UFC heavyweight title

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Daniel Cormier doesn’t see Jon Jones becoming UFC heavyweight champion.

Jones (26-1 MMA, 20-1 UFC) has been striving to transition to heavyweight since relinquishing his 205-pound title in August 2020, but he is yet to make his divisional debut.

Cormier, whose rivalry with Jones goes beyond their two fights, is well aware of Jones’ competence. But with heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou and interim champion Ciryl Gane set to unify the title next week at UFC 270, Cormier is unsure whether Jones would fare well against either man. having not competed for almost two years.

“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,” Cormier said on his ESPN show “DC & RC”. “I just think the time passed, with the weight difference, and these guys being who 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.

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Cormier had previously said Jones was the man who posed the greatest threat to the undefeated Gane and while he could still believe it, he didn’t see Jones beat him.

Jones has not competed since retaining his light heavyweight title in a split decision victory over Dominick Reyes in February 2020. Legal issues and a contract dispute with the UFC have kept him at bay. away, but Cormier believes his old nemesis will step up. year.

Jones has spent time training at Henry Cejudo’s gym, Fight Ready, as he aims for a comeback in April or July.

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