Daniel Cormier broke down his feelings about his UFC 214 loss to Jon Jones and how no failed drug-test can change what happened that night in his own mind.
With 2017 now coming to a close, the annual debates that focus on handing out the various ‘end of year awards’ are now fully in swing and while the Fight of the Year category is one that is often the most divisive, despite all of the worthy contenders to the top honours we’ve seen over the course of the last 365 days, one thrilling matchup has gone virtually unmentioned.
Jon Jones’ title-winning victory over his great rival Daniel Cormier may have had a rather large shadow cast over it following the news that the victor Jones managed to fail yet another USADA test, but when the three rounds of action are taken simply on their own merit, it’s undeniable that Cormier/Jones 2 was about as thrilling a contest as we’ve seen all year.
It was a rivalry that blossomed into one of the most enthralling personality clashes of all time, and when both men stepped into the octagon that night, there was a tension felt that carried as much weight as fifty fabricated instances of so-called animosity combined.
The fight itself was a cracker too and while Jones exceeded DC’s output throughout, in contrast to their last meeting, Cormier was really able to take the fight to ‘Bones’ in a manner that few others could do.
Before suddenly getting stunned by a head-kick in the third, it really did seem as though Daniel was fighting the fight of his life but, of course, it was not to be and the troubled, but brilliant Jon Jones moved to 2-0 against Daniel Cormier.
Cormier spoke during the recent UFC 220 press conference and gave an insight into how he views the loss – one of only two he has ever sustained (both coming to Jones) – and how despite the record-books declaring it as a no-contest, he himself refuses to see it that way.
“When you guys ask me these questions, it’s hard for me to not be who I am. I always say, July 29th I was in the octagon and I know what happened. I don’t hide from the result, I know what happened and I lost a fight. That’s my reality.
“But what do I do when I lose a fight? What do I do when I have anything bad happen to me? I get up, I dust myself off and I get back to work. That’s all I can do.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena