UFC Heavyweight Champion Feels He’s No Longer In The Shadow Of ‘Bones’: ‘I Am The Definition Of Pound-For-Pound’
Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier’s rivalry is no secret, as “Bones” holds two wins over “DC” but his KO win at UFC 214 back in 2017 over former Olympic wrestler was overturned to a no contest (NC) after Jones tested positive for oral Turinabol. As a result, he had to cough up the light heavyweight title back to Cormier.
Jones career plagued by many controversies inside and outside the Octagon despite that he’s still considered the greatest fighter at 205-pound to step foot inside the cage. ‘Bones’ got suspended and fined for his action.
Before Jones recent fight against a man who gives him the toughest test to date at UFC 232, questions the legitimacy of Cormier’s 205-pound title. A night before the ‘Bones’ fight Cormier relinquish his belt by stating my legacy will not include me ‘being stripped’ of a crown.
Cormier came out of Jones shadow back in 2018 when he made history after knocking out Stipe Miocic to win the UFC Heavyweight title and cement his legacy by becoming the second fighter in UFC history to hold two titles simultaneously.
“For what I’ve done, winning the heavyweight title, everything was so tied to (Jones) initially that me getting the heavyweight title was something so completely separate, especially being that I was undefeated in the weight class prior,” Cormier told UFC.com. “Going up into a weight that was always thought to be my weight class, winning the UFC title, it helped me.”
Now the whole picture is different as Cormier is current heavyweight champion and Jones went on to win the vacant light heavyweight title. So for ‘DC’ there isn’t much left to prove. Jones has tarnished his legacy by failing multiple drug tests, to prove his worth Cormier said it’s necessary for Jon to complete their trilogy.
“I think for Jones to truly get back everything that he’s lost, it would be good for him and I to fight again. For me, I’ve established my career outside of him. He’s done things outside of me, too, but for him, it would be good if he got to fight me again,” said Cormier.
Cormier defended his heavyweight crown back in November when he defeated Derrick Lewis at UFC 230. After the win, ‘DC’ sits atop the pound-for-pound rankings, and he feels great about that. Cormier says Jones doesn’t have to complain about this, jump up in weight class and prove it.
“It feels great,” Cormier said. “Even when they keep releasing the pound-for-pound rankings and I’m ranked above him and he goes, ‘That’s BS,’ absolutely not. You are a great fighter, but you’re a great fighter at the weight class you’ve always stayed at. I’ve done it in multiple weight classes and pound-for-pound says it’s a fighting style that translates across weight classes, and I’ve been the champion in two of them. So I think I am the definition of pound-for-pound.”
Currently, Cormier is resting and waiting on for his next fight, whether it could be against Brock Lesnar or Stipe Miocic. His long-held and widely discussed plan to retire once he hits 40 in March, while Dana White said Cormier should put a pause on his retirement plans and fight three more times.
Jones’ meanwhile is already booked to defend the title against Anthony Smith at UFC 235 in March.
Who wants to see their trilogy?