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Lewis: Cormier Fighting Me Because He’s Scared Of Jones

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier, will tell you he’s fighting Derrick Lewis in the UFC 230 pay-per-view (PPV) main event because the promotion was desperate for a bankable headliner and “DC” was good enough to do them a solid.

Challenger Derrick Lewis, however, is not so sure.

According to the “Black Beast,” Cormier stuck around at heavyweight to defend his title while avoiding an inevitable third fight with longtime 205-pound rival Jon Jones, who stopped “DC” in the UFC 214 championship main event back in summer 2017.

“I think he’s scared to fight Jones, the guy beat him twice,” Lewis told MMA Junkie. “The reason I think he took the fight with me is because Jon Jones was already fighting. They’re already saying he’s basically scared to fight Jones right now, anyway. He feels like it would be perfect to fight a guy like me that don’t have as much skills on short notice before the Jones fight and he thinks it’s going to be an easy fight for him.”

Jones scored a knockout win over Cormier when they last fought but had the finish overturned after United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) popped him for Turinabol. “Bones” was also slapped with a reduced sentence that expired earlier this month.

He’s now scheduled to rematch Alexander Gustafsson in the UFC 232 main event, a title fight the will be contested for Cormier’s light heavyweight strap — relinquished as a result of the Lewis fight — unless “Black Beast” upsets the apple cart this Saturday night (Nov. 3, 2018) in New York City.

I kinda hope he does, just to see this.

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Smith: ‘Hittable’ Jones Less Dangerous Than Oezdemir

If Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight contender, Anthony Smith, was able to dispose of fellow 205-pound bruiser, Volkan Oezdemir, then former division kingpin, Jon Jones, should be even easier to dispatch.

That’s because the “hittable” Jones doesn’t have the same knockout power as “No Time,” so the streaking “Lionheart” will merely have to compensate for his disadvantage in reach, and perhaps fight I.Q., should the “Bones” fight come to fruition in the middle of 2019.

“I think that Jon Jones is less dangerous than Volkan is — Jon Jones isn’t one-punch knocking out anybody,” Smith told The MMA Hour. “He’s super crafty, he’s dynamic, I think he has a high fight IQ, but I think that he’s hittable, and I think that I match up with him size-wise pretty well. Obviously he’s got a longer reach than everybody in the entire UFC, but I think that Jon Jones beats a lot of people in that short range with the elbows and stuff, and I think that I’m just as dangerous in that elbow fighting range as anybody in the division.”

That’s a fight that won’t be under consideration until Jones finishes his business with longtime rival, Alexander Gustafsson, in the upcoming UFC 232 pay-per-view (PPV) main event, going down Dec. 29, 2018 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, assuming current titleholder Daniel Cormier doesn’t interfere.

As for Smith (31-13), he’s now the winner of three straight with three violent finishes, including last weekend’s submission over Oezdemir (video). While “Lionheart” is currently ranked No. 10 at the time of this writing, his trail of carnage and ability to take out the No. 2 contender should get him title consideration in a division that is currently up for grabs.

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UFC Moncton: Anthony Smith Delivers Warning to Jon Jones in Response to Former Champ

It remains to be seen if Anthony Smith ends up facing Jon Jones in the coming months, but “Lionheart” delivered a warning to the former, light-heavyweight champ, following his win last night at UFC Moncton.

Smith took on fellow contender, Volkan Oezdemir in Saturday’s headliner, and proceeded to finish the feared striker with a rear-naked-choke in round three. Following round two, it looked like Oezdemir might be headed to victory, as he controlled much of the second frame. Smith, however, rebounded in round three, and scored the biggest win of his career.

Well, after the bout, Jones was asked for his take on Smith’s performance, and the star labelled it as “OK”. Smith was asked to respond to Jones’ tweet, and here’s some of what he had to say (quotes via MMA Junkie):

“If he ain’t worried about it, what’s he watching for?” Smith said. “Jon Jones should worry about Alexander Gustafsson first. I think that performance was exactly one Jon Jones would hate to see. You’re not going to get me out of there with a little bit of flash and some hard punches. That ain’t going to happen. But if I was Jon Jones, I would probably be a little bit more worried about Alexander Gustafsson than Anthony Smith right now.”

“(He’s not going to win) if he’s more focused about what me and Volkan Oezdemir are doing, that’s for damn sure,” Smith added. “The best Jon Jones has to show up to win that fight. I’d imagine with all the time off that Jon is going to train his ass off. He claims that he didn’t train at all for the first one, so the real Jon Jones shows up, I’d imagine he gets it done. I hope he does because that’s who I want. That’s no disrespect to Gustafsson. I want to be the man to take out Jon Jones, but he’s got to get through Gus first.”

There you have it. Now, Jones’ comments shouldn’t come as that big of a surprise really. While Smith showed a ton of heart last night, and once again, demonstrated he’s a very dangerous fighter, he didn’t cruise through Oezdemir. It should also be noted that Jones didn’t come out and outright, criticize Smith’s performance either.

Smith is on point in noting that Jones should worry about beating Gustafsson first, after all, their first fight in 2013 was very competitive, and “The Mauler” has remained a top contender for a reason. The two will rematch on December 29th at UFC 232, which will go down in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Gus Predicts Jones’ Head Will ‘Bounce Off The Canvas’ At UFC 232

Alexander Gustafsson is finally getting another crack at former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones as the two lock horns for the undisputed 205-pound title at UFC 232 on Dec. 29 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The rematch comes over five years after Gustafsson originally lost to Jones via unanimous decision back at UFC 165, which remains one of the best UFC title fights of all time.

Leading up to the reboot, Gustafsson is feeling extremely confident. Maybe it’s because he’s a better fighter than he was back in 2013 or maybe it’s because Jones, who will be returning from his United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) suspension, has competed just twice since January of 2015. Either way, “The Mauler” is ready to roll.

“I don’t have the same respect for Jones as I did five years ago,” Gustafsson recently told MMANytt.

“I’ll knock him out in the fourth,” he continued. “Jon Jones’ head will bounce off the canvas in the fourth round.”

For the record, Jones has never been knocked out. In fact, minus his knockout victory over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 that was later overturned to a no contest and his disqualification against Matt Hamill back in 2009, Jones has never lost a fight. The closest he has ever come came against Gustafsson five years ago, but “Bones” ultimately defended his title even though he swears he didn’t train for the fight.

Gustafsson, who has played third fiddle to Jones and Cormier over the past couple of years, is arguably better than he ever has been. The 31-year-old is coming off a spectacular knockout finish over former title challenger Glover Teixeira last year and a three-round decision win over Jan Blachowicz back in 2016 in which Gustafsson flashed an evolved ground game to control Blachowicz with takedowns.

Only time will tell if Gustafsson can actually take out Jones, but it’s going to get real interesting over the next couple of months as the two light heavyweights begin to trade verbal barbs. This is simply just the tip of the iceberg.

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UFC Superstar Conor McGregor Attends Dallas Cowboys Game, Mingles with Owner Jerry Jones

It doesn’t appear as though Conor McGregor is spending much time feeling sorry for himself following his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.
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Alexander Gustafsson Taunts Jon Jones to Sign Contract: ‘Stop Being A Coward’

Alexander Gustafsson is ready to get the ball rolling on his rumored UFC 232 bout with Jon Jones.
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Jon Jones Responds to George St. Pierre’s PED Comments: ‘You’re Better Than This’

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UFC President Dana White ‘Would Like to See’ Third Fight Between Daniel Cormier, Jon Jones

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