The most awaited mixed martial arts trilogy of the decade seems to be on the verge of coming to fruition. Jones versus Cormier 3 has virtually been on the minds of every fight fan since the pair’s almost-biblical second fight at UFC 214. After securing the win by knockout and subsequently having it taken away as a result of a failed drug test, Jones was stripped of his UFC belt and faced a 15-month suspension. Meanwhile, Daniel Cormier amassed championship victories in both the light heavyweight and heavyweight categories to become the promotions only second, double-division champion.
In October of 2018, after serving a suspension for 15-months, Jones was slated to make his return at UFC 232 scheduled for December. Nearly five years after their first meeting at UFC 165, Jones and Gustafsson were going to lock horns, once again, in perhaps the most highly-anticipated rematch in years. The result, however, was a show of clinically dismantling ‘The Mauler,’ courtesy of ‘Bones.’ Jon Jones was once again pronounced the UFC’s light heavyweight champion and will now make his first 2019 defense against Anthony ‘Lionheart’ Smith.
After relinquishing his title leading up to UFC 232, Daniel Cormier was now re-considering his plans to hang his gloves up early. The UFC’s heavyweight champion, Cormier, is speculated to now have three more fights left under the promotion’s banner, with the probability of a trilogy against Jones at heavyweight.
According to a report by Sherdog, Jones spoke with the Los Angeles Times and insisted that the pressure to perform in a possible third fight, was in fact on Cormier. Jones then went on to confess the following when asked about the odds of a third and final encounter with his biggest Octagon rival in UFC history.
“If the fans want to see it [at heavyweight] bad enough, the UFC will make it happen for me financially,” Jones said. “If they don’t, it will always be something that’s coulda-shoulda-woulda. Sending me against one of the best fighters ever, and making me sacrifice being smaller than him, they have to make it make sense financially. Because, at 2-0 against him, I have nothing to prove. The pressure’s on Daniel. I’m the ‘GOAT’ of this generation. He knows it. And the fans know that.”