Daniel Cormier Has No Interest In Fighting Jon Jones For A 3rd Time

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If fans had hopes of seeing Daniel Cormier take on Jon Jones for a third time, those hopes were shredded to pieces on Monday.

Just 48 hours after submitting Derrick Lewis in the Octagon at UFC 230 via rear-naked choke to retain his heavyweight title, the double champion claimed he has no interest in battling his heated rival for the third time.

“I don’t need (the Jon Jones fight) anymore,” Cormier said on “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show,” according to ESPN’s Greg Rosenstein. “Sometimes you need things and sometimes you don’t. I’ve come to terms with everything. Because he was gone so much, I had to remove myself from the situation so completely that it almost became not reality.”

Cormier also revealed that he plans to be retired by age 40, which he will be by March 2019. he hopes his next big fight will be against Brock Lesnar.
Jones defeated Cormier in their two previous fights, with the last fight being overturned due to Jon Jones testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

“Can I really trust that he’s going to be back in the game?” Cormier asked. “History shows that there will probably be some sort of issue either before the Gustafsson fight or after the Gustafsson fight. We schedule a fight? There’s definitely going to be an issue because there’s always been an issue.”

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