Daniel Cormier: Jon Jones isn’t afraid, that is negotiating

Regardless of the unwell will between them, Daniel Cormier doesn’t doubt rival Jon Jones with regards to him desirous to struggle newly minted UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou.

On the latest episode of the “DC & Helwani” podcast, Cormier gave his ideas on the potential of a heavyweight title matchup between Jones and Ngannou.

On the UFC 260 post-fight press convention, UFC president Dana White solid doubt on whether or not Jones really needed the struggle after posting a tweet saying “Present me the cash,” believing he stated that as a possible scapegoat to keep away from a struggle with the heavyweight champion.

Jones fired again with a number of tweets denying that declare, saying he simply desires to be paid what he believes he’s price.

Regardless of their bitter rivalry, Cormier got here to Jones’ protection.

“Jon Jones, for every little thing that’s between us, isn’t afraid of Francis Ngannou,” Cormier stated. “He’s not afraid bro. I perceive that most individuals could be afraid. However guess who else wasn’t afraid? Stipe Miocic, and Derrick Lewis, and Cyril Gane. These guys aren’t afraid.”

Jon Jones and Dana White are conducting a public negotiation

DC as a substitute believes that these are negotiation techniques between the UFC and Jones.

“Right here’s the place you begin to play the sport in case you’re Dana and Jones. Jones desires his cash, Dana has to indicate that he has choices,” Cormier stated. “That’s all that’s occurring, proper? Excessive degree negotiations is what’s occurring proper now.”

Cormier additionally mentioned whether or not the pound for pound king actually believes that he’s able to defeating the brand new UFC heavyweight champ.

“Make no mistake about it, Jones believes that he’ll beat Francis Ngannou. As any nice champion would consider that they might beat him,” Cormier stated. “Now, is that the case? I don’t know. However Jon Jones is without doubt one of the most proficient guys that I’ve ever seen contained in the octagon. And if you need to discover somebody that may piece collectively a approach to remedy that puzzle, it’s Jon Jones. Let’s not be loopy right here.”   

Cormier additionally referred to prior cases the place different high-profile fighters negotiated with the UFC within the public eye.

“Jon Jones feels he’s defending himself towards his identify. The fact is that they’re simply negotiating in public,” Cormier stated. “We’ve seen this with Conor [McGregor], we’ve seen this with different fighters prior to now. I consider [the fight] occurs. I actually do.”

Cormier additionally understands Jones’ want to earn more money.

“Jones has defended his title so many occasions. So I’d think about that he’s had pay bumps. He now desires his greatest pay bump, and you realize what man? Hats off to him. Go receives a commission, as a result of that is gonna be an enormous struggle for him and the UFC. But when not? If the UFC doesn’t wish to pay him, they’ll simply transfer on to the following man.”

Jon Jones

Daniel Cormier believes Jones can beat Ngannou

Trying extra towards the potential matchup moderately than the negotiation fallout of this potential superfight, Cormier thinks that Jones has a major probability to defeat Ngannou.

“If Jones can struggle his struggle, he may probably choose Francis other than the skin. He’s that sort of man,” Cormier stated. “He’s a wise fighter. He is aware of how you can maneuver and handle fights.”

Though Cormier thinks Jones has a stable probability, DC additionally referred to the ability disparity between Bones and Ngannou.

“I don’t know if he’ll be capable of hit Francis laborious sufficient to maintain Francis off of him for 5 rounds when it comes to Francis looking for the knockout,” Cormier stated. “The one factor all of us overlook about with Francis, dude’s received a granite chin. He can take a shot. That proper hand that Stipe hit him with was laborious, and he received surprised. However then he, 5 seconds later, lands a knockout to finish the struggle.”

Whereas it might be enjoyable for followers and pundits alike to ponder the potential matchup from a technical standpoint, the MMA neighborhood could also be a bit forward of themselves.

In his most up-to-date tweets, Jones has requested his launch. The no. 1 ranked pound-for-pound fighter on this planet is significantly disgruntled with the UFC’s valuation of his price.

Hopefully this potential superfight might be made with each side pleased with the monetary facet of the bout. However till that’s discovered, it might be just a little too early to imagine Jones will unquestionably be Ngannou’s opponent for his first title protection. 

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