It certainly looks like we’re going to be treated to a second scrap between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier, but if the latter has his way, it won’t be in New York.
As you know, recently the UFC announced it has reinstated Jones; however, it remains to be seen when the former light-heavyweight champ will fight again. Since Jones never actually lost the belt, and because he has a huge rivalry with Cormier, it would be pretty, pretty shocking if the UFC didn’t book a rematch.
Cormier was on the latest “UFC Tonight“, and of course, he was asked about fighting Jones. The reigning champ repeated his desire to fight Jones again, and when asked if he’d fight Jones in his home state of New York, “DC” stated (quote via FOX Sports press release):
“I’m not going to fight him in New York. I’m not going to give him that comfort. I want to make him face the people who are disappointed with his actions. Obviously, fighting in Madison Square Garden would be a tremendous opportunity for everyone. But I’m the champ and I want to dictate where I want to fight. It would be huge. I’ve wrestled in Madison Square Garden. I’ve done it before. I don’t need Madison Square Garden anymore.”
That’s interesting, as you have to wonder if the UFC would be on board with Cormier’s stance here, if MMA was green lit in New York. Obviously, if the UFC could hold an event in the state, having Cormier-Jones II go down in MSG would be huge.
The promotion recently announced plans to hold an event in the storied arena on April 23rd, but that can’t go ahead unless the ban on pro MMA is lifted. So, chances are Cormier-Jones II will take place somewhere else, and before then.
Cormier also reported on the show that he’s heading to Las Vegas this week to talk to the UFC about his next bout.