Cormier: “I Am The Definition Of Pound For Pound”
Daniel Cormier feels that he is the best pound-for-pound fighter in Mixed Martial Arts, with-or-without Jon Jones on his record..
“For what I’ve done, winning the heavyweight title, everything was so tied to him (Jones) initially that me getting the heavyweight title was something so completely separate, especially being that I was undefeated in the weight class prior,” Cormier told UFC.com of his legacy being shrouded by his two losses to Jones (one overturned into a no-contest in 2017). “Going up into a weight that was always thought to be my weight class, winning the UFC title, it helped me.
“I think for Jones to truly get back everything that he’s lost, it would be good for him and I to fight again. For me, I’ve established my career outside of him. He’s done things outside of me, too, but for him, it would be good if he got to fight me again.”
“It feels great,” Cormier said to be ranked the top pound-for-pound fighter by the UFC. “Even when they keep releasing the pound-for-pound rankings and I’m ranked above (Jones) and he goes, ‘That’s BS,’ absolutely not. You are a great fighter, but you’re a great fighter at the weight class you’ve always stayed at.
“I’ve done it in multiple weight classes and pound-for-pound says it’s a fighting style that translates across weight classes, and I’ve been the champion in two of them. So I think I am the definition of pound-for-pound.”
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