Daniel Cormier had gathered himself physically, but psychologically and emotionally the now former champion was still trying to come to terms with what had just happened to him at the hands, and indeed feet, of his bitter rival Jon Jones.
Thus, the words that came out of Jones’ mouth in these moments probably did little to console or comfort Cormier, who had tears streaming down his face. But perhaps when he looks back on UFC 214 in the days to come, ‘D.C’ will appreciate their sentiment a little more.
“I want to take this time to thank Daniel Cormier for being my biggest rival and motivator. Daniel Cormier guys,” said Jones in his post-fight interview. “He has absolutely no reason to hang his head. He has been a model champion, a model husband, a model father, a teammate, leader and I aspire to me a lot more like that man because he is an amazing human being.”
“Unfortunately, we are opponents but outside of that, he is a true champion for the rest of his life,” added Jones, before walking over and kissing Cormier on the head.
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It was a nice touch from Jones, whose second win over Cormier might take some of the heat out of their extremely intense feud.
Jones also had a message for another wrestling-stylist and former UFC champion, but this one was a little more hostile.
During the week there had been some talk about a possible future showdown between Jones and the supposedly retied heavyweight Brock Lesnar. This chatter began when Jones said in a Facebook live interview that he would be interested in facing Lesnar if rumours of the gigantic WWE star’s impending UFC return proved to have substance.
Lesnar subsequently responded, saying that he would fight Jones, “anytime, anywhere.”
Jones continued the little back and forth from the centre of the octagon.
“Brock Lesnar, if you want to know what it feels like to get your ass kicked by a guy who weighs 40lbs less than you, meet me in the octagon,” said Jones, before dropping the microphone and strutting out of the cage.
Lesnar retired back in January of this year and thus a suspension he was serving stemming from multiple failed drug tests in the summer of 2016 was frozen. Thus, if Lesnar is to come out of retirement, he will have to serve the remainder of that sentence before he can compete. If this fight happens some time next year, however, it’s likely to break UFC Pay-per-view records.