Reigning UFC heavyweight champion Jon Jones is partly lying when he says he doesn’t want to fight Sergey Pavlovic and Tom Aspinall because they are not known to the general public, according to former UFC double champion, Daniel Cormier.
“Jon Jones could elevate these guys, but why would he do that?” said Cormier in a video posted on his Youtube channel. “He said he’s not interested in Pavlovic and Aspinall because now he’s pitting business against real competition.”
“If you look at it from a business point of view, who Jon Jones fights doesn’t matter much. He sold 700,000 pay-per-views with Cyril Gagne, and probably would have sold the same number of PPVs with Sergey Pavlovich and Tom Aspinall. Therefore, what is Jones really saying? He’s saying he just doesn’t want to fight young, hard hitting, loaded guys”
In March of this year, Jon Jones resumed his career after a three-year hiatus and won the vacant UFC heavyweight championship belt by finishing Cyril Gagne with a guillotine choke in the first round.
On November 11 at UFC 295 in New York City, the American will make his title defense against his compatriot Stipe Miocic, with Russian knockout artist Sergey Pavlovich, the division’s top-ranked fighter, serving as the champion’s insurance policy.