There was a familiarly competitive glint in Daniel Cormier’s eye when Ariel Helwani pressed him on whether the next one really will be the last one. “At this moment, I’m fighting Stipe Miocic and that’s it for me. The only reason I’m fighting again is to fight a guy that beat me,” said a slightly hesitant Cormier. The elephant in the room – or over the Skype connection – was DC’s long-time arch nemesis Jon “Bones” Jones, though. If the only reason Cormier is fighting again is to right his wrongs, then he has at least one more reason to postpone his retirement. Before Miocic stunned him in August at UFC 241, the 32-year-old Jones (25-1) handed Cormier what were his only two professional career losses. Jones by unanimous decision in 2015 and again in 2017, via some ground and pound after a stunning head kick. The second win was overturned to a no-contest with Jones testing positive for a banned steroid before the fight, however. Daniel Cormier says he’ll fight one more time in UFC, but ‘it has to be Stipe Miocic – no one else matters’ After weeks of tedious talk of picograms, pulsing and B samples, Jones was eventually stripped of the belt and Cormier was reinstated as light heavyweight champion. Many felt that justice was served since Jones had previously tested positive for banned substances days before a rematch with Cormier was first scheduled for UFC 200 in July 2016. Cormier went on to dominate the division, etching his name as one of the sport’s all-time greats, while Jones sat out for a year, taking potshots from afar claiming he was the real champion. The venomous back-and-forth unearthed one of the greatest rivalries in MMA. And the book has not been closed on this particular rivalry – it would be a crime not to get a final chapter, a definitive ending. While there will always be an asterisk next to that second win, Jones has beaten Cormier pretty convincingly twice. So why bother with a third fight? Well, the answer is to do it at heavyweight, provided Cormier beats Miocic in their proposed trilogy fight. It’s DC’s more natural weight class and would level the playing field, instead of him cutting back down to 205 pounds and depleting his knockout power. You might wonder why Jones would take that unnecessary risk. Well, simply put, he needs a new challenge. Jones is considered by many as the No 1 pound-for-pound MMA fighter of all time, but remarkably, he’s in danger of becoming stale, which could let Khabib Nurmagomedov overtake him as the “GOAT” (or Greatest Of All Time). Since the UFC and Usada allowed Jones to escape with a light sentence (and ignored his most recent positive test, even moving an event he was headlining to a different state on a few days’ notice) he has been cleaning out the light heavyweight division. He put to bed any questions about Alexander Gustafsson, and saw off upstarts Anthony Smith and Thiago Santos. A quick look at the rankings and there really are no other viable challengers for him at the moment, either – Cormier is still the No 1-ranked contender, and he hasn’t fought in the light heavyweight division since January 2018. Below Santos and Smith, it’s Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz, hardly marquee fights that will sell out the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and then Gustafsson, who is now retired. So why not take a risk and try to join the “champ champ” club? That would truly cement the pound-for-pound crown on his head, and shut down any talk of Khabib usurping the throne. If he really is the GOAT, then he can beat Cormier for a third time, in Cormier’s weight division. No disrespect to Miocic, but it is an absolutely winnable fight if Cormier listens to his corner this time. He was dominating and ahead on all scorecards heading into the fourth round – “I was winning until I lost” as he put it. So if Cormier can get his belt back, let’s hold the retirement talk for one last fight – the fight that really would define Daniel Cormier’s career. We need to know, once and for all, who the better man really is.