Daniel Cormier Thinks Jon Jones Would Beat Anderson Silva, Challenges Jones to Fight Now


Daniel Cormier and Antonio Silva StrikeforceUFC heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier thinks Jon Jones would beat Anderson Silva if a superfight between the two ever happens, but added that he would fight Jones today at a catchweight of 220 pounds.

“Jon and Anderson would be a good fight. Regardless of what you think of Jon Jones personally, whether you like him or you don’t like him, he’s a fantastic fighter,” said Cormier during a question and answer session prior to the UFC 160 weigh-ins on Friday.

“I truly do believe that Jon is, I think he’s the best.  He’s the best.  Anderson’s going to be too small.  Jon’s a good wrestler and he’s a great finisher.  I think Jon can beat Anderson.”

Cormier has hinted at an eventual drop to the light heavyweight division.  Following his final Strikeforce fight on Jan. 12, Cormier laid out his plans during his post-fight interview, saying he intends to beat Frank Mir in his UFC debut, which he did, and then drop down to the 205-pound division and defeat Jones.

He’s since backtracked on those comments and plans to stay in the heavyweight division for at least one more fight, but would fight Jones at a catchweight of 220 pounds.

“I was on Twitter and Jon Jones took another shot at me.  He does it all the time,” said Cormier.  “He said, ‘guys, would someone ask DC if he’s started cutting weight yet.’  So your question is to ask me for Jon Jones, have I started cutting weight yet.

“Jon, I haven’t started cutting weight yet, but we can fight at 220 tomorrow if you want,” he responded. “We can fight at any weight.  He can walk off the street whatever he weighs now and we can get down to that weight.  Let’s fight at any weight Jon, you and I.”

Cormier walks around at 235 pounds and expects to fight in August weighing-in around 220 pounds, and anticipates a light heavyweight debut “by the end of the year.”

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