The heavyweight champion gave his take on the recent title-winning performance of his long-time rival Jon Jones at UFC 232 over Alexander Gustafsson.
Jones’ dominant victory over Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 saw him completely nullify the offense of the lanky Swede from the first bell to the fight’s eventual conclusion in the third-round.
Speaking to Luke Thomas on The MMA Hour (via MMAFighting), DC explained that he is in no way afraid to pay his great rival a compliment when deserved.
“Anytime you can go through a guy like Alexander Gustafsson in the fashion that he did is very impressive. I have never shied away from the fact that the guy’s a phenomenal mixed martial artist, and I thought he fought well.
“I thought he fought well, he fought exactly as he intended to and was able to completely shut down Alex.”
For the most part, Gus wasn’t able to trouble the newly-crowned champion over the course of the fight’s three-round duration and while Jones once again managed to irk the fans due to the controversy that surrounded the event-change.
When pressed on Jones’ supposed PED usage, DC admitted that the controversial star has all of the ingredients necessary to become a successful and even extraordinary champion.
“If you’re asking me if I feel Jon Jones would’ve worn a UFC title without any of these things (PEDs), I do, 100 per cent, believe he would’ve won a UFC title. I think that he’s a very talented guy.
“He comes from the sport of wrestling, so he has that baseline for dictating where fights take place. With that being said, those things are done for a reason, right?
“You don’t have all these issues with the testing unless you have either doubts or something in your preparation over the course of your athletic career didn’t truly add up. That’s the only way you would get these types of things tied to your career.
“But do I feel the guy would’ve been successful without it? Yes, I do. I think he definitely would’ve been a UFC champion, and even without all this stuff that’s tied to the fights, I think he could’ve won those fights to me anyways. I think he’s a very talented guy.”
With that being said, however, Cormier still believes that he can get the job done in a third and perhaps final showdown – a clash that appears to be becoming more and more realistic a possibility in 2019 by the day.
“And I still believe I could beat the guy, even though I’ve lost a couple times, but again, I think that’s what makes me different.
“Regardless of — every time I walked on that mat against Cael Sanderson, losing every time, I still felt that every time I went out there: ‘This is the one I’m going to win.’ I never didn’t give myself a chance, and that’s how I feel with Jones.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena