UFC 232: Jon Jones Says Daniel Cormier’s “Champ-Champ” Status Has an “Asterisk” Beside It
By FCF Staff
Now that Jon Jones has reclaimed the UFC’s light-heavyweight crown, he’s proclaiming that Daniel Cormier needs to defeat him at 205, before he can become a real champ-champ.
Jones faced Alexander Gustafsson last night at UFC 232 for the 205 belt, which Cormier recently relinquished. Jones went on to stop Gustafsson in the third round.
After the impressive win, Jones had this to say, while discussing the possibility of a third fight with the heavyweight champ, Cormier (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“He (Cormier) works his hardest to try to discredit and try to de-legitimatize the fact that I beat him twice,” Jones said, while referring to Cormier repeated references to Jones’ USADA issues. “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.”
Cormier is expected to fight one more time at heavyweight, as the star has repeatedly said he intends to retire in March, 2019.