Daniel Cormier hopes Jon Jones receives a short drugs ban so he can face his long-time rival again in a trilogy bout.
Jones is yet to discover his punishment for failing a test in the build-up to July’s win over Cormier, but the 30-year-old is likely to receive a hefty suspension for his second drugs offence.
Despite succumbing to Jones for a second time at UFC 214, Cormier wants to lock horns with his fellow American for a third time when he is available to fight again.
For that reason, the UFC lightweight champion wants Jones to be treated leniently and not given anywhere near the four-year ban which has been speculated.
“For me, personally, I prefer him to get a shorter suspension, so we could fight again,” Cormier said.
“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.
“I’m not gonna move on from our rivalry. It was too big. It’s gonna go down in history.
I’m fat and heavy! I’m going back to work Monday lol. Too much picanha and Brazilian steakhouses lol https://t.co/MaXXTpElnp
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) October 29, 2017
“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.
“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.”