Jones: “DC Was Never 205 Champion”
Following his third round win over Alexander Gustafsson in the main event of UFC 232, light heavyweight champion Jon Jones feels there are only two options for current UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.
“He works his hardest to try to discredit and try to de-legitimatize the fact that I beat him twice,” Jones said of Cormier, who relinquished the UFC light heavyweight title on Friday. “And the only thing I want to de-legitimatize is his claim of being the light heavyweight champion. He was never the light heavyweight champion. He never beat me. This has been my era since 2011. I want to make that loud and clear. DC is no champ champ. When we talk about an asterisk next to my name, there’s always gonna be an asterisk next to the idea of him being a champ champ. The only way he can shut me up — what I’m saying right now — is to beat my ass. It’s simple.”
Jones believes if Cormier and he face off again, it would have to be at 205 pounds so Cormier has a chance to prove he was a “legitimate” champion.
“Me going to heavyweight would be making it extremely personal,” Jones said. “For me, I have no problem with DC. I have a problem when he comes out, ‘See, I told you guys he’s a cheater. I told you he’s a cheater.’ I have no real problem DC. I’m not gonna go to heavyweight and try to take everything from him and destroy his legacy and all that stuff. Is it possible I could do that? It is possible. But I’m fine having mine and he can have his. DC needs to admit to the people that he was never the light heavyweight champion. Or face me at light heavyweight and shut me up.”
Quotes Via MMA Fighting