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Jon Jones promises UFC heavyweight challenge after Daniel Cormier retires

Jon Jones could go head-to-head with Stipe Miocic after Daniel Cormier’s retirement.

The 33-year-old, who beat DC in 2015 before a second victory was overturned in 2017, had previously distanced himself from a move into the top division, but seems to have changed his mind.

Bones posted a flurry of tweets following Miocic’s points victory in his second consecutive win in the trilogy, which leaves room for a new rivalry with the UFC Light Heavyweight champ.

UFC boss Dana White is yet to comment on the intentions of Jones, but the match-up would likely offer one of the most intriguing fights in the history of the sport.

Jon Jones wants to challenge Stipe Miocic for the UFC heavyweight title

After UFC 252, Jones wrote: “Heavyweight world championships I will be seeing you real soon. Victorious.”

Before saying: “For some reason these heavyweights don’t seem so big to me tonight.”

Concluding with: “Avoid Stipe’s right hand, I’m too fast.

“I’ll be too strong when the time is right and have way too much energy. Soon and very soon I’ll be considered the baddest man on this planet.”

Stipe Miocic was the unanimous winner over Daniel Cormier in Las Vegas on Saturday evening
Stipe Miocic was the unanimous winner over Daniel Cormier in Las Vegas on Saturday evening

Cormier was the top challenger in the division before his loss, having beaten Miocic by knockout in 2018 to become a two-division world champion.

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The 41-year-old told Joe Rogan that he has no interest in fighting if it isn’t for a title, before bowing out of the sport in which he has made a telling impact.

Cormier said: “It sucks. Being on the losing end of two fights in a trilogy is a very sad fight to be in, but I will deal with it.

“But this will be it for me, I’ve had a long run and just fought a great fight but this will be it.

Daniel Cormier's battles with both Jon Jones and Stipe Miocic will be fondly remembered by fans of the sport
Daniel Cormier’s battles with both Jon Jones and Stipe Miocic will be fondly remembered by fans of the sport

“I only want to fight in title fights and I don’t believe I will be fighting in them any longer.”

Cormier bemoaned an eye poke that was missed by referee Marc Goddard, claiming after the fight that he couldn’t see out of his left eye, for which he was taken to hospital.

“I can’t see anything out of my left eye, its black. It is what it is. I just can’t see but whatever,” added Cormier.

Rogan said before speaking to the defeated former champion: “Stipe put on a tremendous performance and deserved to retain the title.”

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