Jon Jones will face the winner of Stipe Miocic vs Daniel Cormier. The heavyweight title clash at UFC 252 will conclude their trilogy.
Jon ‘Bones’ Jones is yet to step into the octagon since his controversial victory over Dominick Reyes at UFC 247 all the way back in February. He was scheduled for a grand move to the Heavyweight division with a super fight against Francis Ngannou. However, it was called off after Jones’ very public falling out with Dana White over contract negotiations.
The two are currently in a standoff. It is unclear if and when the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion will ever return. However, American Kickboxing Academy head coach and Cormier’s trainer Javier Mendez believes that Jones will return. In fact, he’s gone so far to bet his first match in the Heavyweight division will be for the title.
Jon Jones will face the winner of Stipe Miocic vs Daniel Cormier
“Whoever is victorious from the fight is gonna get offered a big money fight,” Mendez told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. “And I believe it’s gonna be against Jon Jones because Jon Jones has stressed he wants to go to heavyweight.
“And what better way for Jones to the kind of money he wants than to fight a Stipe or a DC for the heavyweight title.”
“That would make the fight that Jones would want,” He continued.
“Obviously, he deserves more money. He’s a major star, and he’s the most decorated guy really in the light heavyweight division. He’s never been beat. So, I think it’s a logical choice.”
While Miocic vs Cormier has been a blockbuster rivalry, a 3rd fight between Cormier vs Jones could very possibly steal the show at any PPV it takes place on. The former Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight Champion has already announced his decision to retire regardless of who wins the title bout.
However, Mendez believes that a chance to have one last go at the man who handed him his first defeat could delay the retirement.
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