Daniel Cormier explains why Anderson Silva and Jon Jones aren't in the G.O.A.T debate

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Following his win at UFC 226, Daniel Cormier officially made a strong case for being called one of the greatest MMA fighters of all-time.

Cormier is now not only the UFC light heavyweight champion, but he is also the UFC heavyweight champion after defeating Stipe Miocic in the main event of UFC 226.

He is now one of only two fighters in UFC history to hold two UFC championships simultaneously, which is why so many people consider him to now be the G.O.A.T.

Speaking on the Slip ‘N Dip podcast, via MMAnytt.com, DC named two fighters which he believes should be considered the G.O.A.T alongside him, Demetrious Johnson and Georges St-Pierre.

The two-division champion said: “Demetrious, Georges St-Pierre, these guys have none of these bad things tied to their names and these are the guys I should share the conversation with."

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Cormier added that you can't be considered for the G.O.A.T conversation if you have failed a drugs test, excluding great fighters like his long-time rival Jon Jones and Anderson Silva.

He said: “I’ve never had any negatives and I’ve never had to go in front of any commission and explain why my test came up messed up. That’s why I should be in the conversation because I’ve done things the correct way.”

Silva hits back

Silva hit back at Cormier at his comments, but not at the defense of himself. Instead, The Spider defended DC's longtime rival.

The Brazilian said to CBS Sports: “When you talk about people, you need to be careful because you never know about your life. You never know about your future.

"I think Daniel is very lucky and completely lucky because never beating Jon Jones, of course, because Jon Jones, in my opinion, is the best fighter at 205.

"I respect Danny, but when he is talking about me and Jon Jones, he’s completely crazy because Jon Jones is the best fighter.”

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It's hard not to disagree with what DC said about Silva and Jones, but it's also hard to ignore what both fighters have managed to achieve inside the octagon throughout their UFC careers as well.

Silva and Jones are both serving suspensions for their respective drug test failures in 2017.

The Spider is expected to make his Octagon comeback this November, while Bones still doesn’t have a timeline for his return.

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