Still, Cormier - who wasn't too thrilled with Jon's presence in NY - knows a do-over against "Bones" is likely next once the Jones completes his one-year suspension for a failed drug test in a matter of months.
The dust has barely settled from Daniel Cormier's victory over Anthony Johnson in the UFC 210 main event, but already the UFC light heavyweight champion is laying the ground work for a number of upcoming fights. Beats me. I'm just as flummoxed as you are.
We haven't heard from Jones since that tearful interview that followed his failed drug test last July which forced him off the monster UFC 200 card on just days notice.
Johnson retired in the Octagon immediately afterwards and Cormier said that he could do the same thing without any regrets, even without a rematch with Jones, who inflicted his only professional UFC defeat. "I don't think any eyes are going to be closing except for his", said UFC light heavyweight challenger Anthony Johnson. His previous bout was a second-round KO of fourth-ranked contender Jimi Manuwa, and all three finishes earned him a Performance of the Night bonus from the UFC.
"But either way, I'll have to fight Jon at some stage regardless so I wouldn't be against the idea of testing my skills against him". "This was my last fight", said an emotional Johnson.
The light heavyweight division has been a hot topic for the UFC for years at this point, with Jon Jones in and out repeatedly over the years, and Daniel Cormier's emergence as champion. I gave my commitment to something I've wanted to do for a while.More news: F1 2017: Sebastian Vettel wins Bahrain GP
Such a ploy could have helped Cormier balance some of his weight on the towel and off the scales, helping him make the cut.
"I feel if people don't want to believe that I've matured a lot, then they don't have to, and it's up to me to earn that trust", Jones said.
Three months from completing a yearlong doping ban, Jones said Friday he is focusing exclusively on reclaiming the light heavyweight title he's lost twice due to suspensions.
"I hope Anthony Johnson is not walking away from this sport".
The fight began with Cormier and Johnson each throwing powerful right hands. But this time, Cormier reversed position and used a trip to put his foe on the mat. He was able to get a high under-hook and keep Johnson against the cage. He won a fight.