Jones returned to the Octagon for the first time in over a year on Saturday, and worked his way to a unanimous decision win. Although Jones clearly won every round, the former light-heavyweight champ admitted afterwards that he had been hoping to stop OSP. Jones also admitted that he was off his game, and that it may have been a “blessing in disguise” that he fought Saint Preux. The latter was a late replacement for Cormier, who had to pull out of UFC 197 a few weeks ago due to a leg injury.
Well, now that Jones has emerged victorious, he’s expected to face Cormier again at UFC 200 on July 9th. The reigning champ was asked for his take on Jones’ performance during the FOX Sports 1 post-fight show, and “DC” had this to say (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“He got the job done,” Cormier said, while commenting on Jones’ win. “A lot of times, most guys, they don’t have their best performance, they lose. They don’t get it done. So, it shows how special Jon is. That being said, very disappointed that I didn’t get to compete tonight, because I do believe that if he showed up in the form that he did tonight or if this is the new Jon Jones, there’s no way that guy can beat me.”
Maybe Jones is lucky that he didn’t face Cormier in his first bout back? Although fighters tend to dismiss the idea of ring rust when they’re heading into a bout, after a lengthy layoff, typically they do not look at their best.
Of course, Cormier is a much different type of fighter than OSP, both in his approach and physical make-up. It’s going to be fascinating to see how Cormier – Jones II unfolds. The latter decisioned “DC” in their first encounter back in January, 2015.