Daniel Cormier might rematch Jon Jones but does not believe he has to
Cormier successfully defended the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship for the second time last night, beating Anthony Johnson in a rematch of the fight that saw him win the title for the first time in May 2015.
Johnson retired in the Octagon immediately afterwards and Cormier said that he could do the same thing without any regrets, even without a rematch with Jones, who inflicted his only professional UFC defeat.
“If I were done today, I would be completely fine with everything that I have accomplished," Cormier said.
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"I don't feel like I should let this young man have so much control over me and my legacy.
"He beat me, so what? He won a fight.
"I would love to fight him again and beat him, but if I don’t fight him, especially for something that I cannot control, I’ll be fine.
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Daniel Cormier beat Anthony Johnson at UFC 210 to retain his title
"I can actually walk away today and be completely proud of my career in mixed martial arts: 19-1, UFC champion, Strikeforce champion, King of the Cage champion, regional circuit champions and all after the age of 30.
"I’ll be fine.”
'Bones' Jones is currently serving a ban for one-year ban after testing positive for a banned substance in a June 2016 out-of-competition sample.
The arbitration panel found that while Jones was not a drug cheat and the fighter himself claims he ingested the banned substances when taking Cialis, a male enhancement supplement.
The 29-year-old is eligible to fight again in July and is reportedly being lined up for a rematch with Cormier for the light heavyweight title.
Jones even accused Cormier of cheating the scales at his controversial weigh-in, a statement the champion found laughable.
“It’s like you take a table and you put a bunch of kitchen appliances, and at the end of one side, there is a pot and at the other end there is a kettle,” Cormier added.
“And the pot starts yelling ‘you’re dirty,’ while you're sitting there with a steroid needle.
"Thats my opinion on that, you sit over there pot with your Cialis or whatever it’s called, and you throw it at the kettle, so sit over there pot in detention, Cialis boy.”