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Jones not interested in DC trilogy — even at heavyweight

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Jon Jones was “legitimately happy” for Daniel Cormier when he won the UFC heavyweight title in July — and the former champ doesn’t want to fight “DC” a third time for it.

Jon Jones might have recently slammed bitter rival Daniel Cormier on social media, but he has little desire to get back into the cage with him for a third time.

The former UFC light heavyweight champion told ESPN he doesn’t want to fight Cormier, the current heavyweight and light heavyweight champion, because he has defeated him twice already (the second win, a third-round knockout, was later overturned to a no contest due to a Jones positive drug test). Jones doesn’t think he has much to gain from a third win over Cormier, so he doesn’t see the point in a trilogy.

“I already have all the marbles when it comes to Daniel Cormier. I’ve beaten him twice,” Jones said. “This game has never been personal. What is personal to me is chasing greatness, not individuals. So in the case of myself and Daniel Cormier, he needs to fight myself one more time if he ever wants to be considered one of the all-time greats. I don’t need to fight him again to be considered one of the all-time greats.”

Cormier’s light-heavyweight title has always had an asterisk attached to it in the eyes of many fans ever since he won it in 2015. “DC” fell to Jones, the then-champ, by decision early that year. But after Jones was involved in a hit-and-run collision, he was stripped of the title and Cormier won the vacant belt in a fight against Anthony Johnson. Many fans found it difficult — and still do — to consider Cormier the real 205-pound king, especially after last year’s UFC 214, where Jones finished him.

No one can argue the legitimacy of Cormier’s heavyweight title after he beat Stipe Miocic this past summer, though. Miocic holds the divisional record for most successful title defenses in the UFC and was on his way to being the greatest heavyweight ever. Cormier knocked him out in the first-round and remains undefeated at heavyweight.

Cormier holding the heavyweight title does not make a trilogy fight much more enticing for Jones, however. Jones isn’t very interested in trying to dethrone Cormier — even in the different weight class.

“Challenging Daniel Cormier for the heavyweight championship would be me making it personal, and it’s not personal,” Jones said. “I’m not the one who went home crying the first and second times we fought. That was him. There’s nothing inside of me that wants to take things from him or make his life harder in any way. I just want what’s rightfully mine. He can have what’s rightfully his and we can all get along.”

Jones said he was happy for Cormier when he won the heavyweight title in July.

“I felt like he was extremely deserving of becoming a UFC champion,” Jones said. “I felt like for the first time, the night he won, he became an actual UFC champion. I think he was an extremely successful light heavyweight, but I don’t ever think he was the light heavyweight champion. I consider myself the light heavyweight champion since 2011, despite what happened. He joined a club of champions, and I was legitimately happy for him because from afar I know how hard of a worker he is, and I think the heavyweight championship couldn’t be in more deserving hands.”

Cormier recently said he expects to get stripped of the light heavyweight title — presumably in favor of a targeted title fight between Jones and former foe Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 in December.

Cormier, who is slated to defend his heavyweight title against Derrick Lewis at UFC 230, isn’t exactly happy about that. Jones understands Cormier’s frustration, but thinks the two-division champ needs to sit back and look at it from his point of view.

“If USADA came to the conclusion that all the science points to this being a complete accident and unintentional, a part of me feels like the belt should be handed back to me,” Jones said. “A part of me feels like I shouldn’t even have to fight for the belt against Alexander Gustafsson because I was proven innocent. In a way, the belt was never [Cormier’s] in the first place. He was given the belt.”

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TheUnchosenOne
13 days ago
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Jones still out here looking like the reasonable, level-headed one
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White: All of Coker’s promotions have been failures

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UFC president Dana White has slated Scott Coker by labeling all his promotions as ‘failures.’

UFC president Dana White has always kept fairly quiet when asked about Bellator MMA president and Strikeforce founder Scott Coker, but most recently in a deposition White took aim at the former Zuffa employee, stating all promotions Coker has been affiliated with have been ‘failures.’

Former UFC fighters Cung Le, Nathan Quarry and Jon Fitch originally filed the antitrust lawsuit against the UFC back in December 2014. White’s deposition in regards to the lawsuit took place in Las Vegas in 2017.

When asked about Coker’s involvement in several different promotions during his time promoting MMA, White labelled them all as ‘failures.’

One of those promotions, Strikeforce, were once at a point in which they recruited a myriad of talented fighters, names such as Alistair Overeem, Nick Diaz and Fabricio Werdum, White said the following about Coker’s involvement in Strikeforce.

“Yeah. What is crazy is you just laid out for me how horrible they were at promoting. [That’s] amazing. If you can’t turn those guys into stars and run your business, you should probably get into another line of work.”

The UFC would go on to purchase Strikeforce in March 2011. Coker would continue to run Strikeforce until the promotion’s dissolve at the beginning of 2013. After that, the UFC acquired most of the fighters signed to Strikeforce, however White remained insistent that fighters such as Ronda Rousey, were not stars until he turned them into household names in the UFC.

“Look at what everybody has done in Strikeforce,” White said. “It’s just, these guys don’t know how to promote. It’s not what they’re good at. When you have Ronda Rousey and you can’t turn her into a star, you should probably go open a restaurant or something.”

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TheUnchosenOne
22 days ago
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Dana you bought all those promotions and then ran them into the ground
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Report: Jones vs Gustafsson 2 in the works for UFC 232

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Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson could rematch late this year.

It seems like the UFC is moving on from the idea of booking Alexander Gustafsson in a title bout with Yoel Romero. According to ESPN, the promotion is looking to book a lucrative rematch with former champ Jon Jones instead.

“It’s one of the greatest light heavyweight title fights in history and I expect the rematch to be the same!!!!” Dana White told ESPN. While far from finalized, the company president states that they want the bout to be part of the UFC 232 line up on December 29.

Jones, whose suspension got cut short due to the “snitching” clause, will be eligible to return to competition late October.

Both fighters have expressed their interest in the rematch, in recent interviews. Jones said he would “love” to fight him again and “take him seriously this time.” Gustafsson, on the other hand, called for the match up saying Jones “can cheat if he wants,” he’d still put a beating on him.

The pair originally fought back in September 2013. The back-and-forth contest was edged out by Jones, who took a decision to defend his light heavyweight title.

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TheUnchosenOne
26 days ago
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Rematch against Jones gonna go about as well for Gustafsson as it did for DC
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That Mysterious New Pokémon Finally Has A Name: Meltan

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Over the weekend, this weird-looking Pokemon began popping up in Pokémon Go. Players wanted to know more about it, but they couldn’t even catch it; when they tried, the creature would often turn into a Ditto. No shortage of memes and conspiracy theories ensued, but this morning Nintendo introduced the creature in a…

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TheUnchosenOne
28 days ago
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Okay but can I catch it in the real Pokemon games, is the question
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Liddell on MMA return: ‘Part of it is people told me I couldn’t’

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UFC Hall-of-Famer Chuck Liddell talks about his reasons for coming out of an eight-year retirement at 48 years of age.

At 48 years of age, UFC Hall-of-Famer Chuck Liddell decided to come out of an eight-year retirement. During a recent interview with Larry King, “The Iceman” stated that his desire to return was because he was “not able to end his career in his own terms.”

In another interview on Monday’s episode of Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on ESPN, Liddell said that coming out of retirement was also about proving his doubters wrong.

“I wasn’t really ready to leave when I left. I love this sport. I love fighting. I love training,” Liddell said (transcript via MMA Mania). “And I feel that I’ve still got some fight in me. Part of it is people told me I couldn’t. If you tell me I can’t do something, I like to prove to you that I can.”

Liddell, however, is a bit amused at the motivation of his upcoming opponent Tito Ortiz, whom he will be facing for a third time.

“He keeps saying I’m a shell of the man I was [and] now he can beat me,” Liddell said of Ortiz. “Why would you even want to promote that? ‘The only reason I can beat you now is because you’re a shell of the man you used to be’?”

Now that the former UFC light heavyweight champion is out of retirement, he plans on staying actively involved with MMA, one way or another.

“I am going to open a gym after this,” he said I am going to stay in the sport, competing at least as a coach, if nothing else. This whole journey gets me back to my love of the sport, to being in and around the sport. I missed it.”

The Liddell-Ortiz trilogy is set to take place under Golden Boy Promotions on November 24th at The Forum in Los Angeles.

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TheUnchosenOne
34 days ago
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He's got a point about how Ortiz is promoting this fight
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Spider-Man on PS4 remixes comic book lore for a fresh superhero story

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Marvel’s Spider-Man is out today on the PlayStation 4, and in addition to the high-flying, web-slinging action, developer Insomniac Games is putting some big emphasis on the story. The game offers a slightly new spin on the classic hero, one that takes a lot of established comic lore and mixes it up in fresh and interesting ways.

Warning: mild spoilers below for Spider-Man for the PS4

Much like the most recent Spider-Man films, the PS4 game makes the smart move to skip over Peter’s origin story entirely. It’s a safe bet that if you’re picking up a Spider-Man game in 2018, you probably already know the basics: Uncle Ben, radioactive spider, “With great power comes great responsibility,” etc. The game doesn’t just excel by breaking out of...

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TheUnchosenOne
46 days ago
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This article was definitely written by someone who hasn't read a Spider-Man comic in like, twenty years
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