Jon Jones: Daniel Cormier rivalry isn't on Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier level, because I won't lose,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5523914895001
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LA MIRADA, Calif. – Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones remains adamant his rivalry with current champ Daniel Cormier is really not much of a rivalry at all.

The relationship between Jones (22-1 MMA, 16-1 UFC) and Cormier (19-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC), who meet in Saturday’s UFC 214 pay-per-view headliner at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. (prelims air on FXX and UFC Fight Pass), has been compared to some of the greatest rivalries in combat sports history.

What makes a truly great rivalry is a back-and-forth of results, though, and “Bones” said that’s not going to happen here. He plans to beat Cormier again after coming out on top in the first encounter at UFC 182 in January 2015.

“I must have (expletive) up on history (when comparing this to Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier), because Daniel Cormier’s not beating me,” Jones said at today’s UFC 214 open workouts. “He’s not my Frazier. Daniel Cormier is whoever Muhammad Ali beat twice.”

Jones, No. 1 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light heavyweight rankings, beat No. 2-ranked Cormier by unanimous decision at UFC 182 roughly 31 months ago. Both fighters have gone through a lot since then, and while it hasn’t all been positive, Jones plans to regain the throne he was stripped of thanks to a long line of poor decision-making. He’s determined to put his life back on course.

Jones said UFC 214 is the biggest fight in UFC history, and on that stage he intends to put on an even more one-sided performance than the last.

“It’s going to be way more dominant,” Jones said. “I expect more out of myself. The first time I had some questions about, ‘Who’s the guy? Who’s going to win this?’ You got two undefeated fighters; who’s 0 has got to go? Now I already know what I can do. I have a great blueprint I’ve been studying extensively, and the goal here is to finish the fight. I want to be the first person who makes ‘D.C.’ quit inside that octagon, and I believe with all my heart that it’s going to happen.”

For more on UFC 214, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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