Daniel Cormier was brutally finished by his longtime rival, Jon Jones on Saturday night, but the former champ is being very gracious and humble in defeat.
Jones and Cormier threw down in the headliner of UFC 214, and after two, competitive rounds, the latter took a headkick in round three and was finished with follow up punches. Recently the light-heavyweight posted the statement below:
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
Jones and Cormier also battled in January, 2015, and the latter lost the fight via unanimous decision. Jones is the only man to defeat “DC” to date.
UFC 214 was hosted by the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.