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Dana White: New Jon Jones is scary; DC has opportunity of lifetime

(L-R) Opponents Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones face off during the UFC Unstoppable launch press conference at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 4, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)
The UFC has roughly 40 fight cards tentatively scheduled for 2016. Big fight after big fight, they just keep coming, especially in the current seasonal campaign “Unstoppable,” which features some of the biggest matchups of the year.

But even with all the big bouts, certain fights just simply stand out. Daniel Cormier-Jon Jones II is certainly one of them.

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At UFC 197 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the current light heavyweight champion (Cormier) and the former champ (Jones) collide once again to vie for the title both can lay claim to.

Cormier won the belt that Jones was forced to relinquish, but Jones can claim victory in the only meeting between the two rivals.

UFC President Dana White knew the moment he made the rematch between these two very bitter rivals that fans would have it circled on their calendars.

“Obviously with ‘Unstoppable,’ one of the big fights that everyone is going to be interested in is going to be Jones vs. Cormier,” White said.

Jones has been away from the game while Cormier has risen to the top. “Bones” has been like a man possessed training from his comeback fight. He’s six months sober and in the best physical shape of his fighting life.

That’s a frightening thought.

“What’s fascinating about Jon Jones right now is if you look at what this guy was doing in the past and how hardcore he’s training now – It’s almost scary,” White said. “The guy who’s never taken it serious is literally taking it serious now. What’s the new Jon Jones going to be like now?
“He is in his prime right now – his physical fighting prime. He’s never been more serious than he is right now. It’s a scary combination.”

Even though Jones holds that victory over Cormier and is the heavy betting favorite, Cormier is still the title holder.

Should “DC” figure out a way to knock off the pound-for-pound king at UFC 197, he would etch his name in the history books among the sport’s best ever.

“If DC came out and beat this Jon Jones it would just be unbelievable,” White said. “The thing is with a guy like Cormier, he’s been working so hard for so long and he’s such a good guy and such a talent. Not just in fighting and wrestling, but he’s an unbelievable on-air talent, too. A win over Jon Jones would be the biggest thing that’s ever happened to him.”

Matt Parrino is a digital producer and writer for Follow him on Twitter at @MattParrinoUFC