Henry Cejudo Calls For An End To Cormier/Jones Rivalry: ‘Is This Beef or Is This Just Business?’

Henry Cejudo urged Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier to squash their beef with one another and move on.

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The animosity between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones seems to know no end.

Much of that appears to live on the side of ‘DC’ after a clip of Cormier’s immediate reaction to Jones’ first-round submission of Ciryl Gane at UFC 285 made rounds on social media. A camera fixated on the commentary team of John Anik, Joe Rogan, and Daniel Cormier gave fans a fun way to relive Jon Jones’ epic two-minute defeat of Gane to capture the vacant UFC heavyweight championship.

However, fans quickly noticed that Cormier’s reaction was less than belated. The UFC Hall of Famer looked like he was on the verge of tears before questioning Rogan as to how the fight-ending sequence came about. Jones even made light of Cormier’s reaction on Twitter which has seemingly reignited their long-standing rivalry. 

Former two-division UFC champion Henry Cejudo believes it’s time for the pair to put their rivalry to bed. In a video made available on his YouTube channel, ‘Triple C’ suggested Jones and Cormier take a page out of his book, putting their history aside to learn from one another, similar to how he has learned to work with former flyweight rival Demetrious Johnson. 

“So the Jon Jones/Daniel Cormier saga continues. Guys, is this beef, or is this just business? Have you guys not learned from Demetrious Johnson and the ‘Triple C’? Guys who have fought a couple times. Guys who are able to let that ego aside and literally come together and learn from each other.”

Henry Cejudo Understands Why Daniel Cormier Struggles to Forgive and Forget

Henry Cejudo went on to say, “There’s a chip on Cormier’s [shoulder] that I’m not sure if it will ever be filled.” That chip almost certainly stems from Jones’ multiple banned substance violations surrounding their 2016 and 2017 matchups. Cormier said that much during an episode of his ESPN program DC&RC where he struggled to call Jones the greatest of all time while having “bad things” attached to his name. 

Cejudo can relate to Cormier’s frustration in that regard. In 2019, ‘Triple C’ met TJ Dillashaw in the main event of a UFC Fight Night card. Cejudo walked away with a TKO in less than a minute, but it was later revealed that Dillashaw tested positive for banned substances before and after the bout. 

“I do know what it feels like when somebody legitimately does it and they do it with bad intentions. Where am I getting that from? My fight with TJ Dillashaw. Even though I ran over him in 32 seconds, I do remember feeling that hurt. That pain. I remember that whole day I just couldn’t eat. To me, it’s all about competition. It was more the fact that this dude was going into it pretty much with a knife. Pretty much stabbed me because we’re in the hurt business. We’re not throwing a football. We’re not hitting a baseball. We’re legitimately hitting each other with elbows, knees, and toes.”

Despite their bitter rivalry and the controversy that surrounded their encounters in the Octagon, Cejudo believes it’s best for both fighters if they let bygones be bygones. Jones has already attempted to make peace with Cormier, even suggesting he be the one to interview him inside the Octagon following his UFC 285 victory. Perhaps someday ‘DC’ will find that same peace. ‘Triple C’ certainly hopes so. 

“I know both of these guys and they’re both good dudes. They’re both very passionate and competitive dudes that need to come together and make amends,” Cejudo concluded.

Published on March 10, 2023 at 4:52 pm
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