Daniel Cormier isn’t willing to give his great rival Jon Jones a place in the ever-divisive G.O.A.T conversation as he himself looks to push his name into contention.
The legacy of Daniel Cormier has been sealed in stone no matter what transpires inside the octagon on July 7. Fighting and beating Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight belt will be the finest achievement in his career but based on his body of work up until this point, his status as a legend of the game is undeniable.
Cormier is the type of fighter and human being that should be held as a standard for those who follow. Not a brash or overly aggressive character, his personality and excellent work in both the commentary booth and the media outside of it has finally endeared him to fans.
His role as the ‘villain’ in the dynamic between himself and Jon Jones seemed to alter the view that most took on him but with him now stepping out of the shadow of ‘Bones’, the appreciation for this former-Olympian is now reaching an all-time high.
Cormier made an appearance on CBS Radio to speak about the present relationship between himself in Jones. For a man who has more of a reason than most to be calling for his head upon his seemingly inevitable return, DC seemed to be willing to move on.
“[Jones] doesn’t have a platform and I refuse to give him a platform. He’s a nobody. He has been suspended again. He’s mired in controversy for drug abuse. Your issues are tied to steroids, performance enhancers.
“You don’t get a platform when you’re like that. It’s like me glorifying Lance Armstrong.
“This whole Jon Jones thing has been marred in controversy and never on my behalf. So I can’t let that dictate how I approach my career in any way, shape or form.”
Comparing himself and his career to the former light-heavyweight champion – Cormier denounced his ties to Jones further and claimed that the time he spent caring about their rivalry is now over.
“I didn’t do those bad things. I didn’t do steroids. I didn’t get taken out of a fight for steroid abuse once and test positive for steroids a second time. I didn’t get, before the first fight, having rinky-dinky tests to start.
“There are so many reasons why I shouldn’t be tied to him anymore and I’ve gotten back to the point now where it doesn’t affect me.”
He may have failed on the two chances he was given to beat him, but if he does, in fact, prove successful against Miocic at UFC 226, it’s hard to imagine a narrative where a third fight between he and Jones doesn’t come together if the troubled former-champ can figure out his issues outside of the octagon.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena