Right after Jon Jones reclaimed the UFC light heavyweight title with a win over Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 last December, he immediately turned his attention to rival Daniel Cormier. “DC”, however, does not seem interested in dropping back down to 205 pounds, as he nears his planned retirement date by his 40th birthday on March 20th.
UFC president Dana White wants a trilogy to happen down the line, and when asked what Jones thought about it, he had this to say.
“Bring out the checkbook, Dana,” Jones told MMAFighting.com’s Marc Raimondi. “Let’s make it happen. I’ll definitely do it for the right number. I’ll definitely do it.”
Jones had already beaten Cormier at light heavyweight, and does not plan to do it at heavyweight. His stance remains unchanged, although he now says he may have to be coaxed into agreement.
“At 205, it’s like a no-brainer that I’ll do it. I’m there to fight the next best guy. But to fight at heavyweight, I think it would take some serious convincing.”
For now, Jones will have to deal with Anthony Smith, as the two fighters headline UFC 235 on March 2nd at the T-Mobile Arena.