With Dominick Reyes out of the immediate title picture, Daniel Cormier believes fans can expect to see a light heavyweight return of Jon Jones.
Speaking to ESPN on Monday, Cormier, the former UFC heavyweight and lightweight heavyweight champion, discussed Jan Blachowicz’s title-winning victory over Reyes at UFC 253 and Jones’ tweets page.
Cormier took particular exception from Jones, who potentially hinted at a return to £ 205 weeks after releasing the title, calling his longtime rival “out of touch”.
“It’s so bad,” Cormier said. “Have you ever met a guy who is so out of touch? He̵
“He could have fought with Reyes. This could have been him and Reyes (Saturday). This was supposed to be him and Reyes. Instead, he gave up the belt. He gave up the belt and said, ‘I want to fight heavyweight.’ Now, ‘Maybe I’m going back?’ How could you be so out of touch? I can not understand it. ”
Despite this, Cormier said it would be smart for Jones to return to light heavyweight and fight Blachowicz. If this match were to happen, Cormier predicts that Jones would win. Speed and durability would prove to be the differences, he said.
“(Blachowicz) is too slow to beat (Jones),” Cormier said. “The thing about Jones is that people do not know he has a good chin. You can beat him. I hit him. Many of us hit him. He can strike blows. If Jan Blachowicz is out there and he’s too slow, Jones picks him apart. God, I can not believe it. See, if I was still fighting in 205, or if I was still fighting today, and you said, ‘DC, you can fight Jan Blachowicz,’ I would probably fight Jan Blachowicz. No disrespect just because I think … it’s surprising, right?
“When you have footage of people getting old victories over him, you think you can do it too. Every warrior does that. If you’re a guy like me or Jones, then of course you think you can beat him. Therefore, Jones will fight against him. ”
Jones, 33, has not competed since a split-decision victory over February-February 2020 over Reyes at UFC 247. Following a dispute with UFC President Dana White over pay, Jones left his 205-pound title in mid-August. He has since stated that he will go up to heavyweight for his next fight – although he has also indicated interest in a £ 205 return.