Because if you look at all the things I have done in my career, I've done it all, outside of beating Jon Jones. I think he's a f*cking great guy.
The memories of UFC 182 are fresh, but the wounds have healed. Jones is a favorite over Cormier, and it looks like the former champion is already looking past UFC 214. There are very few in the UFC who can hold a candle to Cormier's ground game. Cormier did a good job of playing the righteous older brother and talking down to the young champion, in a way that nobody had before, nearly disregarding how risky a fighter Jones was.
Once paralyzed by the nadir of losing his first MMA fight - and to his fiercest and most bitter rival - Cormier moves and speaks freely.
The biggest loser in all of this was Cormier, who had to face Anderson Silva at late notice, before sending Johnson into retirement following their rematch and "Towelgate", but still the doubters remain.
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But just three days before their bout, the fight was scrapped following news that Jones had failed a USADA anti-doping test. Defending the belt eight times, while taking out legendary fighters like Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, and Vitor Belfort (all former champions), Jones was soon labeled as the top pound-for-pound fighter in the sport. And I feel like I can beat him whether he's overweight or not. It was a insane turn of events for Jon Jones. Check out our new podcast CASH CONSIDERATIONS at GamingToday.com on Friday to hear more on this fight including my pick. Now, it had all been taken away from him.
Cormier (19-1) realizes he needs a victory over his self-sabotaging archrival to validate his own title reign and any empathetic thoughts about Jones (22-1) have been drowned out by years of anger and frustration with an enemy who could have been a friend.
Which brings us to Saturday - finally, they will fight. Preux at UFC 197 in April 2016.
"I'm smarter, I'm wiser, I'm more confident now even than I was before", Cormier said. Right now with only one fight in the past 2.5 years, a decision win over Ovince St.
"She would leave and I'd just close the door, cut the lights off and just sit in the dark", Cormier said. He tested positive for banned ingredients in what he described as a sex pill.
While the card is chock-full of potential "Fight of the Night" and even "Fight of the Year" candidates, it's safe to say a clear majority of fans are going to be tuning in to see just one bout: the highly anticipated and crucial rematch between Daniel Cormier and the returning, again, Jon Jones. "If you're not making him money, he kind of disappears".
"If Jon Jones loses to Daniel Cormier this weekend, do we blame it all on Jon Jones" destructive life outside the octagon? What makes Jones different and unique when compared to Conor McGregor or Ronda Rousey is that he is a heavyweight and that type of appeal has not been seen in the UFC.
"You're 30 now, so I'm wondering as you turned 30, what would you say about your 20s?" the MMA Fighting reporter asked. Now, wouldn't that be ideal?