Sunday, July 29th Marked One Year When Jon Jones KO Daniel Cormier
Jon Jones isn’t ready to accept Daniel Cormier a light heavyweight champion although he’s holding his belt and recently won a heavyweight championship at UFC 226 to hold titles in two divisions simultaneously.
Jones already holds two wins over Daniel Cormier, with his last win where he knocked out Cormier at UFC 214 on July 29, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. Shortly after, the results flipped into no contest, when news emerged that Jones tested positive for banned substances. That marked Jones’ second drug test failure and started derailing his career.
Currently, Jones is waiting for his resolution case with USADA and faces a maximum penalty of a four-year suspension.
Jones is hopeful he will prove innocent and confident to be back with the best version. With that spirit in mind, Jones posted a lengthy message this past Sunday reflecting the one-year anniversary of his UFC 214 showdown against Daniel Cormier.
Time has a way of putting things into perspective. One year ago today I knocked out Daniel Cormier to reclaim my light heavyweight title. It was the culmination of all the sacrifice and hard work put in on the road back to where I truly know I belong. That’s at the top…the only place I’ve ever dreamed of being. Turns out it wasn’t a forever moment but a fleeting one as two weeks later I find out on TMZ of all places my title has been stripped and I’m suspended once again. To go from the spotlight to darkness, and have everything taken away from me again was a hardship the public will never truly understand. It bent me but did not break me and I had to learn to fight in a different way. I’ve spent the last year living right and getting healthy, but much of that work was spent correcting and repairing my mental space. Call it weakness if you will but even the toughest individuals need assistance getting back on track. I’ll be back, and when I am it will be a more complete version than the world has ever seen. You have to turn the lemons life gives you into lemonade, and you have to take time to sit back and enjoy it. The struggles don’t define you. It’s how you handle them that determines who you are. Be good, enjoy the day and God bless.
In his absence, Cormier becomes one of the most successful fighters and earlier this month ‘DC’ becomes the second fight in the history of UFC to hold titles in two divisions simultaneously and cement his legacy as GOAT.
On that Jones said, he’s happy for Cormier for becoming heavyweight champion, but said 205-pound title rightfully belongs to him and he will get it back once he’s clear to return to Octagon. (Via MMAJunkie)
“I could care less about Daniel Cormier, already beat him twice,” Jones wrote. “Honestly happy for him, he deserves to be heavyweight champ. Just want back what’s rightfully mine.”
Do you see Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones trilogy down the road? It seems unlikely until Jones return (depends on his USADA case) DC will be already retired.