Daniel Cormier hopes Jon Jones gets short suspension

July 29, 2017; Anaheim, CA, USA; Daniel Cormier defends as Jon Jones moves in for a hit during UFC 214 at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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It’s been a little over four months since Daniel Cormier suffered his second defeat to rival Jon Jones, and just a little over three months since Jones subsequently tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs for the second time in his career. Jones has since been awaiting for the opportunity to clear his name a second time around, something Cormier hopes Jones manages to do.

While Jones faces an upward of four years one the sidelines, Cormier’s keeping his fingers crossed the former champion receives a reduced suspension… that way he gets another crack at the virtually unbeaten light heavyweight.

“For me, personally, I prefer him to get a shorter suspension, so we could fight again,” Cormier said Friday via MMA Fighting. “Of course I would fight him again. I am who I am, to fault. … I just like to fight him. I feel like I get better every time I prepare to fight him.”

Cormier has since been re-crowned as light heavyweight champion, with his latest defeat to Jones being overturned into a no-contest. Despite that, Jones still remains the only fighter to have handed Cormier a loss in professional MMA — a defeat he’s hoping to avenge with a third crack at Jones in the future.

“I’m not gonna move on from our rivalry,” Cormier said. “It was too big. It’s gonna go down in history. I think people are optimistic. They want to believe in the good. When he says stuff like ‘back to work,’ they think maybe it’s not gonna be as long.”

“It’s crazy, I still don’t believe that I can’t win those fights,” Cormier added. “It’s nuts. People ask me, I’m like, ‘I can beat this dude.’ I’ll push myself to the limit to try to do it.”

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