D.C. Says He Won’t Feel Like The Real Champion Until He Defends The Belt

Daniel Cormier finally got a chance to avenge his previous loss to Jon Jones at UFC 214. However the champion came up short, as Jon Jones earned a knockout win over Cormier.

That being said, Daniel Cormier still has the title.

USADA revealed that Jon Jones had failed his drug test for UFC 214, causing the fight to be overturned and Daniel Cormier to be reinstated as the UFC light heavyweight champion. Now, Daniel Cormier just wants to get back to winning inside the octagon.

In an interview with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, as transcribed by MMA Fighting, Daniel Cormier gave his thoughts about the entire situation.

“I am the champion, because if I didn’t get a fair shake, that’s not cool. But I know that I lost the last fight, so I have to fix that before I can feel completely secure in my title.

“I am [champion] because the competition was unfair, but I guess it doesn’t count because I know what UFC 214 was. I experienced it myself. I was there, and in my mind I lost the competition. So it’s kind of an odd question right now under the circumstances. I have a bunch of people who really truly care for me and love me and my wife, my management, they’re very upset I didn’t get a fair shake, I guess, but they’re all easy to answer that question, but for me, the competitor, it is very difficult.”

Speaking on the future, Daniel Cormier explained:

“I think things will be better and I will feel better about the belt and everything again when I fight and defend it,” he said. “Then I can feel better. Then I can feel better because, I don’t care what anyone said, I lost the last fight, you know? I know I lost. I was there. I was in the Octagon, and then I was out of the Octagon and I don’t quite remember what happened in between.”