Jon Jones has gone through a lot in the past 17 months. What seemed like an endless barrage of negative news regarding stripped titles, failed drug tests, lost endorsements, and UFC suspensions, can finally be put behind the 31-year-old fighter.
With yesterday’s highly anticipated UFC 232 match, Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson met for the second time in the cage, with Jones coming out victorious. Proving to the world that he is still the cream of the crop in the UFC light heavyweight division, with a third-round TKO, Jones took to his post-fight interview to say one thing. Whether it be from the adrenaline from the fight, or not, Jones called out Daniel Cormier to Joe Rogan and the rest of the viewers that he is, and always was, the real champ of the division.
Given the history between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones, not to mention Daniel Cormier’s sentiments towards relinquishing the light heavyweight title he’s held for three-and-a-half years, we could possibly see a future scenario where Jones moves up to Heavyweight to go after Cormier.
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“Today I am going to relinquish the UFC light heavyweight title. I am not going to be stripped of the belt that I’ve defended with my all for three and a half years. Being stripped of a title suggests you’ve done something wrong, and I haven’t. I’d rather walk away this way, with my head held high as it always has been, than have the history books say I was stripped. I’ve defended this title this year. I was approached with the idea of fighting at heavyweight, so I took it. I fought three times in 2018. No champion has been more active than me. I am the fighter of the year. My story and my legacy will not include me being stripped of a title. They can have it.”