Daniel Cormier says Jon Jones has changed after heavyweight triumph
‘He doesn’t look like the same guy in the octagon’: Daniel Cormier hails Jon Jones for his dominant heavyweight title triumph at UFC 285, but claims his long-term rival has changed by stepping up a weight division
- Jon Jones moved up to the heavyweight division after a three year UFC absence
- Jones beat Ciryl Gane in Las Vegas to claim the UFC heavyweight title on Sunday
- Daniel Cormier said his former rival changed after moving up weight divisions
Mixed martial arts legend Daniel Cormier has claimed Jon Jones ‘does not look like the same guy’ after moving up weight divisions to claim the UFC heavyweight title.
The controversial American had not fought for more than three years since vacating his title at light-heavyweight.
He returned to the octagon at UFC 285 on Sunday after bulking to compete for the heavyweight belt against Ciryl Gane.
Jones overcame Gane in the first round in Las Vegas, forcing the Frenchman to tap out after two minutes and four seconds of their contest following a guillotine choke.
The victory underlined Jones credentials to be considered as the greatest MMA fighter in history.
Jon Jones became the UFC heavyweight champion following his dominant win over Ciry Gane
UFC legend Daniel Cormier praised his long-term rival for fulfilling his promise to win the fight
Cormier said Jones, moved slower and was less dynamic after moving up a weight division
Cormier said he was impressed by the ease in which the American won the fight, adding that his former rival had changed having had to gain weight to move up divisions.
‘Jones doesn’t look like the same guy in the octagon,’ Cormier said on his YouTube channel.
‘He’s a tad bit slower, his movements aren’t as quick and dynamic, but that’s what you expect for a guy that puts on that much weight.
‘But when he went out there he seemed to be having a good time.
‘Hats off to Jon Jones for doing something he said he was going to do by winning the fight.
‘Not only winning the fight, winning the fight impressively.’
Jones had previously had an intense rivalry with Cormier, having beaten him in 2015 and 2017 in the light heavyweight division.
The victory was overturned due to a positive drugs test result.
Jones became just the eighth fighter to become a two-weight world champion in the UFC
Stipe Miocic (R), who beat Cormier (L) twice, was called out by Jones following his victory
Cormier retained the light heavyweight title before claiming the heavyweight title a year later, after victory over Stipe Miocic, to become a champion of two weight divisions.
Cormier had acknowledged prior to the Jones’ triumph on Sunday that his accomplishments made him an all-time great.
Jones joined Cormier in becoming one of just eight fighters to win a UFC title at two different weight divisions.
Two-time heavyweight champion Miocic was ringside watching the contest, and Jones immediately called out the former title holder after his victory.
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