Daniel Cormier has accomplished many great things during his athletic career, but until he avenges his loss to Jon Jones, it sounds like “DC” won’t be completely satisfied.
The former Olympic wrestler faced Jones in January at UFC 182, and “Bones” worked his way to a unanimous decision win. Not only did it mark the first time in Cormier’s pro career that he was defeated, but the loss came against his bitter rival. So, in other words, the defeat wasn’t easy to swallow.
Since then, as you know, Jones has been stripped of the light-heavyweight title. Cormier went on to win the vacant title in May, by submitting Anthony Johnson. Up next, Cormier will look to defend the belt for the first time on October 3rd, when he takes on Alexander Gustafsson.
Well, at the UFC’s “Go Big” presser recently, here’s some of what Cormier had to say about his future, and yes, Mr. Jones (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“Obviously, I need [Jones],” Cormier said. “As I move forward, in this fight in October and I face Alexander [Gustafsson], I need that guy. I need that guy to get back in here and fight me again. For my journey to be complete and for me to be complete as I finish this sport, I need him. And honestly, I wish him all the best so that he can actually get back and I can stop playing around with these guys and get back to business.”
While Cormier really, really, wants to fight Jones again, he does believe he’s the real champ, all things considered.
“I think beating Anthony Johnson solidifies that,” Cormier said. “He knocked me halfway across the Octagon. It’s about me. I don’t really care too much about people saying I don’t have a real belt. I know how hard I’ve worked. I know how hard I’ve committed to this goal…”
If Cormier ends up facing Jones for a second time, how big will that rematch be? First things first, however, and that’s “The Mauler”, who is a ridiculously talented fighter. Just ask Jones.
UFC 192 will be hosted by the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.