UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier had a few things to say about a future rematch with erstwhile divisional kingpin Jon Jones whilst speaking to Colin Cowherd on FOX Sports – one of them being – an intimation that USADA has made pro MMA a level playing field, and as such, Jones won’t be the same, if, and when they eventually meet again.
The other – his legacy.
The “Bones” Jones vs. “DC” rematch was slated to headline the historic UFC 200 card in July of last year. The fight never materialized, as Jones was pulled from the event following a failed pre-fight drug test, and is now serving a one-year suspension for the USADA violation.
However, Jones, the former interim 205-pound titleholder (stripped) still refutes the claim; suggesting the reason his test results came back botched, was due to a contaminated sexual-performance pill, and not PED’s.
“My life and career would not be okay if I had to walk away and not share the Octagon with that man again,” Cormier told FOX Sports’ Colin Cowheard [sic].
“I’d fight him. If that was the case before, then the guy that I’m fighting next time is not going to be the same guy I saw the first time because of USADA and the drug testing that we are under now.”
“But you know what, Colin, yes I would fight him,” Cormier continued. “It doesn’t matter. I have to get the competitor in me and my belief in my coaches and my skill — I have to get that back.”
A projected championship bout between Cormier, 37, and Anthony “Rumble” Johnson at UFC 206 was shelved, as Cormier incurred an injury. A date for a rescheduled bout has yet to be confirmed.
Per contra, Jones’ moratorium on eight-walled cage fighting has not dampened his resolve – the Jack-Wink product has been whiling away his suspension time competing in grappling (Dan Henderson) matches.
Jones, 29, is scheduled for an Octagon return sometime later this year. At this point we’re not privy as to whether it’s for light heavyweight gold or not.