Multi-division UFC champion Daniel Cormier put on a dominant performance over the weekend, earning the two-division title holder a place in the UFC history books. Now D.C. has come forward with a few words concerning his longtime rival Jon Jones.
UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier earned the heavyweight belt on Saturday, July 7, when he knocked out Stipe Miocic within the first round of their UFC 226 main event match up. Speaking at the UFC 226 Post-Fight Press Conference, Cormier revealed that he believes his new heavyweight title has separated himself from his two fight rivalry with former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
“I mean … I would if he’s around, but I don’t know if he’s gonna be around,” Cormier said at the post-fight press conference. “But honestly at this point, does he even deserve it? I hold the cards now. You may have won the fights but I hold the cards.”
“I’m the one that competed. I’m the one that went up and did something that you were not going to do. I went and fought the baddest man on the planet, the most successful heavyweight champ of all time. A great guy. A great champion. A guy that does everything the right way. And I won. So … I don’t know. I don’t know if that’s going to happen.”
“This tonight, is for everyone that said ‘You’re a fake champion, you’re not a real champion.’ You can’t question this one. You might question that light heavyweight title. You can question it to the grave. But I have something completely separate from [Jones]. And I’m very grateful for it because everything was tied to that guy.”
“No matter how much I beat everybody up, it was like ‘Well, he lost to Jones.’ Now in this heavyweight division – a division I never got to complete my journey in – I went and I completed it and became the champ. I’m a champion and I’m one of the Greatest Of All Time. I love Demetrious Johnson and I love Georges St-Pierre, and it’s going to be one of the three of us.”