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Jon Jones says Daniel Cormier ‘too fast’ for Brock Lesnar, picks UFC champ to retain title

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Jon Jones might not like Daniel Cormier, but that won't stop him from giving a level-headed analysis for his rival's upcoming UFC heavyweight title defense against Brock Lesnar.

Cormier (21-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) is expected to defend his belt against Lesnar (5-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) early next year once the former champion returns from suspension. Although Lesnar is the more physically imposing athlete, Jones (21-1 MMA, 16-1 UFC) expects "DC" to have a major speed advantage and foresees that as the deciding factor.

"I'm definitely very excited to see Cormier fight Brock Lesnar," Jones said in a recent interview with a Russian news outlet. "I think Daniel Cormier wins the fight. He's just too fast. I feel like when I fought him he was quicker than me with certain combinations. I can only imagine he's going to be a lot quicker than Brock Lesnar."

Jones has great interest in the Cormier vs. Lesnar fight, but it remains to be seen if he will be eligible to potentially fight the winner as "Bones" is still in the midst of working toward a resolution of his case with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. The former UFC light heavyweight champ failed a drug test around the time of his second fight against Cormier at UFC 214 in July 2017, which he won by knockout before the result was overturned to a no-contest. Jones, 31, has been inactive since but is hoping to get the issue dealt with sooner than later in hopes of resuming his career.

Jones said he's eager to pursue the biggest fights possible when he makes his return to the UFC. If Cormier should defeat Lesnar, there would be no bigger matchup than a trilogy, but this time with heavyweight gold on the line.

Although Jones has said his top priority is to regain the 205-pound belt, which is also currently held by Cormier, he added that heavyweight presents a more difficult matchup. However, Jones has no doubt he would win regardless of weight.

"I think fighting Daniel Cormier at heavyweight would be a bigger challenge," Jones said. "He's more comfortable there. His body type, that's where he wants to be. He wants to be big. I think he would be a tougher fight at heavyweight, but I still believe I would win. I believe I have his number. I know how to beat him."

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