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Daniel Cormier Issues Classy Statement In The Wake Of Defeat To Jon Jones

Daniel Cormier has commended bitter rival Jon Jones for his performance at UFC 214, apologised to veteran referee ‘Big’ John McCarthy for his post-fight actions and thanked all those who have supported him in the wake of his second career defeat.

Cormier dropped the UFC light-heavyweight title when he was knocked out in brutal fashion by Jones on Saturday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. After two rounds of competitive action, the fight was even on two of the three judges scorecards, while a third judge, Gullerme Bravo, had Jones two up. However, things came to a sudden conclusion in the third when Cormier dipped in to a Jones high-kick and ate shin. Jones subsequently pounced on a rattled Cormier, closing the show with a savage ground and pound assault.

‘D.C’ was in bad shape after the loss and it took him quite a while to get back to his feet. Even when he did finally return to a vertical base, Cormier was very wobbly indeed. In an understandably confused and emotional state, the fighter seemed to argue with some officials, medical personnel and security staff who were in the cage at that point, including referee McCarthy. When McCarthy took his hand during the official announcement of the result, Cormier pulled away and attempted to leave the octagon.

In an Instagram post on Sunday night, however, a more clear-headed Cormier attempted to make amends, although few could blame the American Kickboxing Academy representative for his actions whilst surrounded by a KO-induced fog.

“First off, thank you all for the kind words. I have felt the support,” wrote Cormier. “Congratulations to Jon Jones and his team. They did a phenomenal job and got the victory.”

“Also, to Big John McCarthy, I would like to apologize for acting up with you. I am thankful for the time you gave me to try and defend myself and stay in the fight. You are the best in the business for a reason. I also wanna thank my team and my coaches. I love you all from the bottom of my heart. Your time and energy is greatly appreciated. You guys did a wonderful job, I was ready. It’s a fist fight and things happen.

“Dana White and the @ufc, thank you for being the premiere organization in all of MMA. Again, congrats to Team Jones and JacksonWink. Love you all. I’ll see you soon. DC.”

First off, thank you all for the kind words. I have felt the support. Congratulations to Jon Jones and his team. They did a phenomenal job and got the victory. Also, to Big John McCarthy, I would like to apologize for acting up with you. I am thankful for the time you gave me to try and defend myself and stay in the fight. You are the best in the business for a reason. I also wanna thank my team and my coaches. I love you all from the bottom of my heart. Your time and energy is greatly appreciated. You guys did a wonderful job, I was ready. It’s a fist fight and things happen. Dana White and the @ufc, thank you for being the premiere organization in all of MMA. Again, congrats to Team Jones and JacksonWink. Love you all. I’ll see you soon. DC ?@layziethesavage

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Where Cormier goes from here is unclear. There has been no talk of retirement from the 38-year-old and considering the quality of his performance prior to the KO on Saturday night, there is little reason to believe that Cormier should hang up the gloves. Now that Jones is 2-0 against ‘D.C’, their rivalry, in the cage at least, appears to be at an end. With nothing left for him to achieve at light-heavyweight and considering the struggles he has had making the 205-pound limit in the past, perhaps a return to heavyweight, where he had great success prior to moving down a division in 2014, is the most sensible option.

Although, Jones could be waiting for him there as well.

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