Jon Jones challenges Daniel Cormier: ‘Fight me one more time’

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Dec. 20 (UPI) — Former longtime UFC champion Jon “Bones” Jones is making his highly-anticipated return to face Alexander Gustafsson in the primary occasion of UFC 232 on Dec. 29 in Las Vegas with the vacant gentle heavyweight championship on the road.

That hasn’t stopped Jones from issuing a robust problem to a well-known rival.

Jones took to social media Wednesday evening and addressed UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier’s current feedback on a podcast, whereas additionally stating his want for a 3rd combat.

“Battle me another time and show you are truly the champ,” Jones wrote on Twitter. “I am going to donate $100,000 to a charity in San Diego in case you settle for. Conor McGregor was an precise double champ, the entire world is aware of your declare is a freaking joke. You are greater than welcome to be my first title protection.”

Cormier, who’s the present holder of the sunshine heavyweight and heavyweight belts, will vacate the sunshine heavyweight crown when Jones and Gustafsson problem for the title. Cormier will stay atop the heavyweight ranks as present champion of the division.

The heated rivalry between Jones and Cormier started in 2015 when Jones gained by unanimous choice. The 2 fighters squared off once more at UFC 214 in July 2017 when Jones knocked out Cormier to win the sunshine heavyweight title.

Jones’ championship victory didn’t come with out controversy, although.

“Pinch of salt, no pinch of salt. You continue to had steroids in your system in a fist combat,” Cormier said earlier this week. “Not cool.”

The “salt” reference from Cormier refers to their final combat in 2017 when Jones gained by way of knockout, however was subsequently stripped of the belt after he failed a drug check associated to the combat.

An unbiased arbitrator declared Jones unknowingly cheated, and Jones later estimated the traces of steroids present in his system was akin to a “pinch of salt” in an “Olympic-size swimming pool.”

The USADA slammed Jones with a 15-month suspension over the drug check and Cormier regained the title in consequence. He went on to defeat Stipe Miocic in July 2018 to turn out to be a two-division champion.

Cormier has not responded to Jones and beforehand said his plan is to defend his heavyweight championship after which retire from the game earlier than his 40th birthday on March 20, 2019.

Jones and Gustafsson meet for the second time at UFC 232. Jones gained the primary combat in October 2015 by break up choice.

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