Cormier: Jones beats prime Fedor, but not Cain


Former US Olympic team captain Daniel Cormier fights Dan Henderson in the main event of UFC 173 on May 24. If he wins, he is widely expected to get a fight for the title vs. Jon Jones, if Jones beats Alexander Gustafsson in the rematch. If Gustafsson wins, there will likely be an automatic rubber match.

Cormier appeared on the MMA Hour and was asked by host Ariel Helwani if "The Mauler" stands a chance at beating Jones.

"No chance," said Cormier initially, as transcribed by MMAFighting. "Let me rephrase that. I'm not saying he doesn't have a chance. I'm just saying that if I had to bet my money, or if I asked 10 people who wins this fight, nine out of those 10 people would say Jon Jones, because honestly, I believe that he's better because he has more tools.

"When you look at Jon on paper against a lot of people, he seems to match up well against every single one of us. He seems to holds the advantages against every single one of us. It's the intangibles. It's the things that you can't measure on a piece of paper that it's going to take to beat Jon Jones - the things that I believe I hold in spades.

"I've been winning my entire life. That's all I know how to do, and that's what I plan on continuing to do as I finish my mixed martial arts career. I'm not trying to sound arrogant or cocky in any way. I know how to win. I know that at the end of the day, when I step in the cage with most guys that I fight, I've done more things right over the course of my lifetime and over the course of my athletic career than they have."

Earlier on Twitter, Cormier was asked several questions about Jones.

How would Jon Jones do at HWT in your opinion?

Daniel Cormier @dc_mma

Big Fan bro.. jones said before he would love to fight Cain do you think he would last 5 rounds vs Cain?

Daniel Cormier @dc_mma

Jones vs prime Fedor, who takes it?

Daniel Cormier @dc_mma

So what do you think UG? How does Jon Jones do vs. Alexander Gustafsson, Daniel Cormier, the UFC heavyweight division, champion Cain Velasquez, and Fedor Emelianenko?


tags: UFC   Jon Jones (detail)  Daniel Cormier (detail)  Dan Henderson (detail)  Alexander Gustafsson (detail)  Fedor Emelianenko   


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SQUEEZIE site profile image  

5/1/14 1:13 AM by SQUEEZIE

i can see arguments for cain,.d.c.,jones, and jds. brock and carwin though...idk about all that. fedors stand up obliterates both. carwin can not handle fedors ground game and would gas any way if he diddnt lay fedor out with in the first two min. brocks only hope is to grind out a decision from top control and i dont think he could hold fedor down the majority of the fight.he would gas a little too and he is not pounding fedor out even if he did keep him down for a bit.he would never make it to top control though anyway,he would turtle up after fedor started throwing heat.big foot has better stand up,better conditioning and better top control in mma and better gnp then brock. silva held his own standing and he touched fedor up a little on the feet which contributed and or lead to the final outcome.

youarewhatiswrong site profile image  

4/30/14 11:03 PM by youarewhatiswrong

What does it feel like to type paragraphs of opinions on subjects you know nothing about?

MisterHawkeMMA site profile image  

4/30/14 10:45 PM by MisterHawkeMMA

Cro Cop may be even more overrated than Fedor. He got to the UFC 2 years after his loss to Fedor... and got destroyed!!!    I can't even take yall serious if you're saying that Cro Cop was going to avoid being taken down by Lesnar. I guess just like Fedor avoided getting taken down by Big Foot.    This shouldn't even be a conversation. Everyone here was saying Fedor was still in his prime when he was in Strikeforce until he started fighting real competition and having his ass handed to him. Now all the sudden he was out of his prime at 34. Everyone knows in their heart that if he'd of fiought Brock after UFC 100 Brock would've embarrased him! It would've looked like the Big Foot fight, but worse.   Fedor is Bruce Lee. You guys keep holding onto the myth. And explaining away his ducking of Brock. And his getting knocked out cold by a middle weight.

Caleb site profile image  

4/30/14 10:07 PM by Caleb

Fedor wanted to tear his freaking head off.. especially after seeing his brother get KO'ed by CC. I think he wanted to beat CC at his own game and did. CC knew early on that he was outmactched and that is saying a lot because back then CC was a very bad man. Fedor was unstoppable that night. He was going to get the win at all costs. 

Bobby Lupo site profile image  

4/30/14 9:33 PM by Bobby Lupo

He did a lot of preparing. IIRC he went to Holland to and worked intesively with kickboxers. But I don't think for a second that he intended to stand with Mirko for as long as he did. After the first few minutes, Fedor was happy to get the TD and stay on top in Mirko's closed guard.

Bobby Lupo site profile image  

4/30/14 9:29 PM by Bobby Lupo

Yamma Pit is the only venue I think of with these matchups

sparkuri site profile image  

4/30/14 9:15 PM by sparkuri

About the same we know about how well he'd do in Pride.That's what bugs me about these conversations.They naturally take place in an octagon cage under unified rules.Would've loved to see F.Shammy's idea of a giant concave platform, with lava on the outer boundary.

SQUEEZIE site profile image  

4/30/14 8:42 PM by SQUEEZIE

they all could beat him.its that simple(not saying fedor cant beat them too. but they beat fedor more times than not)

Tilla site profile image  

4/30/14 6:16 PM by Tilla

Think you'll find he did a lot of planning for the Mirko fight. He brought in Spong.I'd love to see what Cain is like off his back or against a real live-wire of a sub guy.

Warrior Bahn site profile image  

4/30/14 6:16 PM by Warrior Bahn

Especially with Pride rules