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Rockhold to Jon Jones: ‘If you’re the baddest man on the planet,’ fight Cormier at heavyweight

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Luke Rockhold issues a challenge to newly-minted UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones

Upon reclaiming the UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 232, Jon Jones immediately called out Daniel Cormier to come get a taste. “Bones”, however, made it clear that he has no intentions of facing Cormier at heavyweight.

Jones says his hesitation stems from not wanting to destroy Cormier’s legacy, but former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold has his own theories.

“Jones does not want that fight. He doesn’t want a fight with ‘DC’ at Heavyweight,” Rockhold said on Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour (via MMA Mania). “He doesn’t want to give him any confidence. He’s obviously taken what he can to build his confidence to fight him at Light Heavyweight.

“We all know he’s tested dirty twice in a row now or three times, I don’t know what it is. Picograms, or whatever the hell they are. He is obviously compensating for something trying to build himself up.

“‘DC’ at heavyweight is a much more dangerous fighter; he’s looser, moving people, I’ve seen him in the gym,” Rockhold added. “Jones picked his words wisely on trying to bait ‘DC’ on trying to come back down.”

Jones is currently slated to defend his title against Anthony Smith at UFC 235 this March, a matchup that Rockhold also puts in question.

“Jones walks around 240 and ‘DC’ walks around 240, fight where you are, fight where you are naturally,” he said. “If you’re the baddest man on the planet, stop trying to pick off guys like Anthony Smith and let’s stop talking about ‘DC’ the champ-champ and go up to fight him where he’s at, where he is the baddest man on the planet.

“If you want to talk about it, go up and fight him go up to where he’s at, otherwise stay where you are at and I will come to you.”

With his move to 205 pounds now official, Rockhold is also calling for a fight against Jones sometime in the near future.