It appears a potential trilogy fight between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier is off the table.
Days after Jones said heCormier a shot at the light heavyweight belt – should he defeat Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 on Dec. 29 – 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. “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 defeated Derrick Lewis at UFC 230 to retain the heavyweight title via rear-naked choke. He has said he plans on retiring by age 40, which he will turn in March 2019, and hopes his next bout will be against Brock Lesnar.
Jones defeated Cormier in their two previous fights, though the latter was changed to a no-contest and Jones was stripped of the belt after he tested 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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