Daniel Cormier Thinks Jon Jones Eliminated Himself From GOAT Discussion
Future UFC Hall of Famer Daniel Cormier believes Jon Jones should be removed from the GOAT talk.
Cormier and Jones had a heated rivalry when “DC” was still competing. Jones defeated Cormier in their first outing via unanimous decision. He initially scored a knockout win in the rematch but failed a post-fight drug test for turinabol. The result of the bout was changed to a No Contest.
During an interview with MMAFighting.com, Cormier said that Jones can’t be considered the GOAT due to past failed drug tests.
“One of the most talented guys you’ll ever meet but again for me bad [drug] tests eliminate you from the conversation. I just cannot understand how that is so hard to comprehend in a sport where we’re fighting each other. In baseball, bad tests eliminate you from being considered and being in the Hall of Fame and you’re hitting a ball. You’re hitting an object that has no feeling. In fighting, you’re punching people, human beings, and you have bad tests that eliminates you. It’s just too dangerous.
“So I think when you start to think about the greatest of all time for all the things and all the great victories, you can’t look at those, me personally being a guy that those fights did really long term damage to my career, it’s hard for me to say [Jon Jones] is the greatest of all time when every time we fought, there was some sort of issue. That for me, it just kind of changes the conversation.”
The GOAT conversation began to heat up following Khabib Nurmagomedov’s retirement announcement. “The Eagle” received his wish of being the number one pound-for-pound fighter on the official UFC rankings. Jones was none too pleased about this and reminded fans that he has far more successful UFC title defenses than Khabib.