“Stipe is hands down the greatest heavyweight of all time,” Jones wrote on Twitter moments after Cormier’s fourth-round knockout loss to Miocic. “I have nothing else to say.”
Cormier was well on his way to earning a second win over Miocic in a rematch of the 2018 meeting that made him a two-division champ. He outstruck Miocic and appeared to be the fresher fighter as the fight went into championship rounds.
But Miocic made a perfect adjustment by digging body shots that sapped Cormier’s energy and set up a fourth-round stoppage.
Had Cormier taken home a second win, calls for a rematch with Jones would’ve reached a fevered pitch. Although Cormier said he could retire without facing Jones again, the financial incentives for a trilogy bout would have been significant.
Early in the week, UFC president Dana White said he wanted the fight at heavyweight but added he’d make the fight at light heavyweight if the rivals required it.
In the wake of a heartbreaking loss, it’s now unclear whether Cormier will continue to fight. He said he would consult with his family before deciding whether or not to hang up his gloves.
Jones, who earlier this year took home the narrowest victory of his virtually unblemished career, welcomed the idea of fighting the winner of the UFC 241 headliner – for the right price. A line of light heavyweight hopefuls are waiting to fight him if he decides against it.
Once under consideration to fight Jones for the heavyweight title, Miocic might want to revisit that issue or pick on guys his own size.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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