Recently Jon Jones prompted a collective, ‘oh this is interesting’, tidal wave by saying he would fight interim heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum “every day, all day”. It looks like the light-heavyweight star, however, won’t be making similar comments any time soon.
As you likely know, the UFC light-heavyweight champ is scheduled to fight Daniel Cormier on January 3rd, in what many believe will be his toughest test to date. Jones recently spoke with Sherdog.com about the upcoming bout, and when asked about his Werdum comments, and whether he’d be interested in fighting heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez, “Bones” responded:
“I don’t really want to comment on fighting heavyweights. I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me in the light-heavyweight division.”
Yes. That’s true, as not only will he battle the ridiculously, well rounded Cormier at UFC 182, but if Jones wins that fight, he’ll move on to face the winner of Alexander Gustafsson-Anthony Johnson. Of course, Gustafsson already gave Jones a lengthy run for his money last September, and based off how Johnson’s looked lately, he could also give the champ some difficulties.
Jones was also asked about his rivalry with Cormier, which dominated headlines for some time, following their well documented presser brawl this past summer. Seasoned MMA fans are more than familiar, however, with a ‘biggest feud ever’ narrative leading up to a fight, only to see the ‘rivals’ become BBQ buds following the bout.
When asked if a post-fight hug could materialize after he throws down with Cormier in January, Jones stated:
“I don’t know if we’re going to hug after the fight. I doubt it, but I’m very well prepared for the fight ; I’ve just been doing what I normally do. Just been training really hard, eating healthy, and just doing what I do.”
It is worth noting that it seems like the verbal warfare between Cormier and Jones has cooled off somewhat, since their fight was pushed from UFC 178 to UFC 182. The fight was postponed because Jones injured his knee while training, but in the aforementioned interview, the champion relayed that he’s recovered from the injury.
UFC 182 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will also feature Donald Cerrone taking on fellow, lightweight contender Myles Jury. Hector Lombard is also scheduled to fight returning welterweight, Josh Burkman.