Daniel Cormier can by no means be known as Jon Jones’ greatest fan, however he admitted he respects him chasing after the heavyweight division’s most devastating knockout artist.

Jones (26-1 MMA, 20-1 UFC), the UFC mild heavyweight champion, has flirted with the thought of heavyweight earlier than however has created a whole lot of curiosity after discussing the potential for shifting as much as face prime heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou.

Cormier has twice fought Jones in one of the vital heated rivalries in UFC historical past, however that rivalry gained’t cease Cormier from praising Jones for desirous to struggle Ngannou (15-Three MMA, 10-2 UFC), who has steamrolled every of his final 4 opponents inside the primary spherical.

“I’ll insult Jones on any day of the week, however I can even give him credit score the place credit score is due, and I really imagine that this Francis Ngannou factor is without doubt one of the most gangster issues on the planet,” Cormier stated on “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Present.” “Why would you be afraid of anybody, particularly should you’re a man that has the accomplishments of Jon Jones? Why? That’s the factor I don’t get when folks say me or Jon Jones, that we’re afraid of any individual. It’s probably the most asinine factor on the planet.

“I feel that this Jones factor is cool. He’s like, ‘OK, you need to struggle? Let’s do it.’ That’s what any particular person on the planet, a real fighter, would do, and I feel hats off to Jones.”

Jones has a line of sunshine heavyweight contenders chomping on the bit to face him, together with Jan Blachowicz and rematches with Dominick Reyes and Thiago Santos. However he seems to be diverting a minimum of a few of his consideration to Ngannou as he continues to tease the potential for shifting as much as face him.