Cormier On Jon Jones Facing Aspinall, The Latter Targets A Bout With Pavlovich

November 15, 2023
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Daniel Cormier has given his take on the potential for Jon Jones to face off against Tom Aspinall.

The latter has been calling out Jones for sometime, as the American gets ready to face Stipe Miocic at UFC 295 in November.

This will be the first time that Jones defends his UFC heavyweight title after grabbing a win over Ciryl Gane at UFC 285 via a first-round-submission win.

However, Jones has hinted that he does not know where his future lies after his fight with Miocic. Therefore, there is a chance that he does walk away from the sport, given that a fight with Francis Ngannou is unlikely following his departure from the UFC.

And given that Jones is entering into the latter part of his career, Cormier felt that the American would target more lucrative bouts, as opposed to taking on the tougher challenges.

Cormier On Jones

“In this one, he says about Aspinall and Sergei, who would absolutely get the juices pumping, he just isn’t interested. Because now, he’s weighing the business versus the actual competition. But to me, I feel like Jon Jones in a headliner, it doesn’t really change much in regards to who he’s fighting,” Jones

Ultimately, Jones has to do what is best for him. And at a time where he has nothing left to prove in the sport, given that he won the title after being out of the cage for three, years, Jones has earned the right to do that.

Aspinall On Pavlovich

As for Aspinall, he has targeted a bout with Sergei Pavlovich if a fight with Ciryl Gane cannot be made. Aspinall’s record in MMA has been impressive so far. As of now, he has 16 MMA fights to his name.

So far, this has included 13 wins and three losses. One of those defeats included a loss to Curtis Blaydes by way of a knee injury that ended the bout in just 15 seconds. Therefore, facing Gane would be a good test before any potential fight with Jon Jones.

Gane ultimately came up short against Jones, but a win over him would put Aspinall in line for that mega Jones fight. But if that doesn’t happen, then a bout with Pavlovich is something the Brit is open to.

“I’m no bully. If he doesn’t want the fight, I’m not going to try and force it on him. I wanted to go in the cage. The UFC didn’t want me to go in the cage. Yeah, if he wants the fight, it’s here. If he doesn’t want the fight, we’ll see. I know I’m a bad matchup for him. I think that stylistically it’s a good matchup for me, but if he doesn’t want it, then I understand,” Aspinall

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