Daniel Cormier continues to speak about his arch rival.
The former UFC light heavyweight champion has been very vocal about his belief that current UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones being one of the most talented fighters of all time.So for a quick recap, the UFC light heavyweight champion failed an in-competition drug test at UFC 214. Due to that failed drug test, Jones has been provisionally suspended by USADA pending a full investigation by the CAC (California Athletic Commission).
Jones defeated Cormier by third-round TKO in the main event of UFC 214 on July 29 in Anaheim, California to regain the title. The event aired on PPV (pay-per-view).
However, Cormier’s mindset has changed due to the fact of the second suspension for banned substances looms for Jones. According to “DC,” Jones probably has to be taken out of any “Greatest of All Time” conversations.
Cormier recently appeared on the Fight Society podcast (transcript courtesy of MMA Fighting) and during the show, he stated that Jones’ controversies doesn’t merit consideration as the GOAT.
“I think enough is enough now honestly, if I’ve got to be honest with you. I think it’s very difficult to consider someone the greatest of all time when there are these types of allegations tied to them. I think that’s probably the easiest and the best way I could say it right now without going too far in one direction, just because I don’t know. I’ve said it before that he’s the greatest of all time. I’ve been in there with him twice and I know that he’s a tremendous fighter, and I do believe he would have had a ton of success without doing anything wrong. But when you start tying those negative things to your name and your legacy, it’s kind of hard to say this guy is the best fighter of all time.”
Jones has racked up a 17-1 record with the lone blemish being an almost universally derided disqualification loss. He has set the record for longest UFC light heavyweight championship reign and most title defenses in the division. Despite all of that success, he has had two titles stripped from him due to personal issues.
“To me, it’s just being super careful with what you put in your body, what you’re around, that type of stuff. You can’t think that you can roll around in the dirt with bad people and not get dirty. That doesn’t happen. You have to be much more careful associating yourself with good people that have your best interests at hand.
“The problem is, even if they find him just negligent again, people aren’t very lenient when they find you negligent on multiple occasions.”
Cormier thinks that Jones has likely irreparably harmed his status as GOAT. He maintains his belief that everyone should stop rushing to condemn Jones or strip him of the title before his current situation plays out.
“I think people owe that to Jon and his team and everybody else, USADA, to give them time to get all this stuff done. Get that B sample in, make sure everything is tested thoroughly, and then we can all start to move forward.
“I think people want resolution to it faster than it can be had. I’m just kind of sitting here taking it for what it is because right now what he has done has not been confirmed. Will it be confirmed? Maybe. But as of right now, he still is entitled to the process.
“Now, is it upsetting? It’s very upsetting. It’s still very upsetting that we’re going through this again. It’s upsetting that anything like this could even happen and the more you learn about the thing that he was caught for, it makes it even more disappointing. But all you can do is wait for that B sample and see what happens.”