There were plenty of story lines going into Daniel Cormier’s rematch with Stipe Miocic at UFC 241, but after seeing Miocic finish Cormier with strikes to avenge a loss in their first meeting, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones only sees one point worth emphasizing.
That being that Miocic is the only fighter who can claim to be MMA’s greatest heavyweight now.
It was Cormier who snapped Miocic’s record-breaking streak of three consecutive UFC heavyweight title defenses last July and Miocic waited 13 months for his shot at redemption. He made the most of it, defeating Cormier by TKO in the fourth round of the UFC 241 main event in Anaheim, California, on Saturday and shortly after Jones took to social media to congratulate the champ on his second title win.
Stipe is hands down the greatest heavyweight of all time. I have nothing else to say— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) August 18, 2019
“Stipe is hands down the greatest heavyweight of all time,” Jones said. “ I have nothing else to say.”
Jones did not directly take any shots at Cormier, who has twice fallen to Jones in light heavyweight title bouts (the second fight—originally a knockout win for Jones— was changed to a no contest when Jones tested positive for a banned substance), but he did go on to make thinly-veiled comments that appeared to be in regards to Cormier’s standing in the pound-for-pound rankings and his compensation for UFC 241.
Now can we stop playing games with these pound for pound rankings already— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) August 18, 2019
I guess losses don’t matter when you’re getting paid so much on the front end.— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) August 18, 2019
Jones and Cormier have both discussed the idea of a trilogy bout between the two, possibly at heavyweight, though they have also given their reasons for why a third fight is unlikely. After Cormier’s loss to Miocic, its unquestionably Jones who will have the most say in whether their rivalry will ever be extended inside the Octagon.