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UFC champ Cormier hopes Jon Jones 'becomes a better person' after punishment

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Jon Jones received probation today following his hit and run felony charge that saw the former UFC champ stripped of his title and suspended from competition. Now the current belt holder is weighing in.

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Daniel Cormier's position in the light heavyweight landscape just got a little more precarious. Former champion Jon Jones recently had his day in court, following felony charges stemming from his actions in a hit and run collision. The outcome? 18 months of probation. Depending on what next steps the UFC decides to take in terms of reinstating Jones' contract, he could be ready to step back in the cage pretty quickly.

None of that seems to be bothering Daniel Cormier, however, who made it clear to MMA Fighting that he not only agrees with the court's handling of Jones' case, but hopes to fight him again soon:

"When this incident happened, the thought wasn't really that Jon was going to serve jail time," Cormier said. "The hope was that there would be some sort of punishment for his actions, and that was the punishment levied by the judicial system. The system is in place for a reason, so we have to all agree that it's fair.
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"Hopefully on the other side he becomes a better person and he gets back to doing what he does best, and that's fighting."
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"I would love to fight him," he added. "I have to get by Alexander Gustafsson first, and then we'll see what happens. But yeah, I would love for it to be Jon Jones next."

Of course, before he can fight Jon Jones again, Cormier has to beat Alexander Gustafsson in the main event of UFC 192, on October 3rd in Houston, Texas. If he does get by Gus, it seems like just a matter of time before he and Jones are squaring off again with the light heavyweight title on the line.