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Jon Jones open to future grappling matches, but not against champ Daniel Cormier

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Jon Jones is looking to compete in more grappling matches in the future, but he’s not open to grapple long-time rival and current UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.

Jones, who’s currently suspended from MMA competition by USADA due to a doping violation, is competing in a grappling match at Sunday’s Submission Underground 2 against recently retired MMA legend Dan Henderson.

Jones is hoping to defeat Henderson on Sunday, and plans to return to the mat, but this time against some closer to his size.

“I’d like to be a part of this FloGrappling family, and to do lots of events, and use this platform to kind of give a little back to the jiu-jitsu community which is a very important community in mixed martial arts,” Jones said on Thursday during the SUG 2 media conference call. “And also, to stay active and do something for the fans. Like I said before, I’d love to beat Dan on the 11th, and I’m sure a lot of people are going to say, ‘Well you‘re a lot bigger than Dan’, so I’d like to follow that up with a victory over a heavyweight at the next show.”

Jones was asked if he’d be open to grapple his rival Cormier, but he’s looking to do more than just submit the UFC light heavyweight champ.

“Man, that would be a hell of a match, but no,” Jones said. “I wouldn’t want to play with Cormier at all. Me and Cormier’s story line is so big and important to me, I wouldn’t want to give him any false sense of security or anything. I just want to kick his ass with my hands and feet, and elbows and knees.”