Daniel Cormier admits he is unlikely to fight Jon Jones ever again, and as the two have gone their separate ways. But, ‘DC’ says the rivalry will also be there.
The two had arguably the biggest rivalries in MMA, but after Jones won by decision and then knocked out Cormier, it seemed the rivalry was over. Although the KO loss was overturned to a no-contest due to a drug failure for ‘Bones’ that fight seemed to end the rivalry.
Now, Cormier admits the rivalry is most likely over but it will never be water under the bridge.
“I think that as time passes, things kind of go away,” Cormier said after being recognized as the second fighter in the roster to surpass 50 USADA tests (via BloodyElbow). “We’ve seemed to be on different paths, obviously. But water under the bridge, it will never be.
“I think for a guy like me who’s worked so hard to achieve everything that I’ve done, and honestly, as I said when I won the heavyweight championship, now there’s something so completely outside of that guy, nobody can ever question it.”
“But those things that happened did really bad damage to my career. And it’s easier for them to move on than it is for the person that kind of had the… my career was damaged by those actions. Not his.”
In the end, Daniel Cormier remains adamant he wants the Stipe Miocic trilogy as his final fight.
“I was blessed to have a lot of moments in fighting, and hopefully I got one more in me,” Cormier said. “That’s really all I think about. That’s it. Just one more moment to hoist that belt up over my head like I’ve done on so many occasions. I talked to the UFC and we’ve got a pretty clear idea of what we want to do. And now I have to see what the champ says. I don’t make the rules. He’s the champion. I respect that, I respect Miocic, and I just hope it happens sooner than later,” he added. “We got an idea what we’re gonna do, and I think it’ll work out.”