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Daniel Cormier: It’s “Very Difficult” to Consider Jon Jones The G.O.A.T, Following Latest USADA Flag

Kelsey Mowatt

UFC

Daniel Cormier has said that Jon Jones is entitled to “due process”, after the latter was recently notified of a potential doping violation, but “DC” believes the incident has had a massive hit on his rival’s legacy.

A couple of weeks ago the MMA world was delivered a huge bomb shell, when it was announced that Jones has been flagged by USADA, following his stoppage win over Cormier at UFC 214. The light-heavyweight champ has allegedly tested positive for the anabolic steroid turinabol, but his team is denying Jones knowingly used any banned substance. “Bones” manager has also noted that Jones passed several other tests, tied to the July 29th bout.

Since this marks the second time Jones has been flagged by USADA, there’s been a lot of discussion regarding how this will impact the renowned fighter’s future in fighting, and his legacy.

Case in point, Cormier was recently a guest on the Fight Society Podcast, and he had this to say about Jones (quote via MMA Fighting):

“I think enough is enough now honestly, if I’ve got to be honest with you. I think it’s very difficult to consider someone the greatest of all time when there are these types of allegations tied to them. I think that’s probably the easiest and the best way I could say it right now without going too far in one direction, just because I don’t know. I’ve said it before that he’s the greatest of all time. I’ve been in there with him twice and I know that he’s a tremendous fighter, and I do believe he would have had a ton of success without doing anything wrong. But when you start tying those negative things to your name and your legacy, it’s kind of hard to say this guy is the best fighter of all time…”

“The problem is, even if they find him just negligent again, people aren’t very lenient when they find you negligent on multiple occasions.”

Now, if Jones is able to successfully appeal the flag, then there will likely be people who will still view him as the greatest fighter of all time. But, Cormier’s right, in that this will always hang over Jones’ head. If Demetrious Johnson continues to score wins, then these USADA issues for Jones, will likely push more people to cite “Mighty Mouse” as the G.O.A.T.

The big question is, even if Jones can demonstrate he took a contaminated product, how long will his suspension be?

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