UFC: Daniel Cormier Assesses Jon Jones’ Chances At Heavyweight

With news of Jon Jones moving up to heavyweight, many have began to speculate how the former light-heavyweight champion will fare against the likes of Francis Ngannou and the champion, Stipe Miocic.

Knockout Power?

Recently retired Daniel Cormier has found success in both the UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions. While speaking on the recent episode of DC and Helwani (transcribed by Bloody Elbow), the former two division champion gave his take on the hot topic.

“Jones won’t knock him out. Jones won’t punch him and put him to sleep,” Cormier stated. “It doesn’t matter what he weighs, he does not have that punching power. He doesn’t hit very hard. Kicks hard, but he doesn’t punch very hard.

“[Stipe] knows that if he goes and fights Jones — which would be very competitive, very good fight — it would be either him knocking Jones out, or it would be a decision. Because Jones won’t knock him out.”

Jones’ Skillset

While Cormier may have been a little critical of Jones’ knockout power, he did however and give credit to his former rival’s overall skillset.

“If you have that skillset, the skillset that Jon Jones has, doesn’t matter what weight class,” Cormier admitted. “He will be able to compete. That’s a fact. You can love him, you can hate him, but that’s a fact. 185 [pounds], Jon Jones can compete. 205 [pounds], Jon Jones can compete. 265 [pounds], or whatever the weight is at heavyweight, Jon Jones can compete.

“He will compete against anybody. So for him to go to heavyweight, I don’t know if it’s as risky as people are trying to make it seem. He can fight those guys because I fought those guys. They’re big, they’re strong, they’re dangerous. But he can fight those guys.”

How do you think Jon Jones will do at heavyweight?

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