Daniel Cormier Expands on Jon Jones’ Positive Drug Test, Says Activities “Outside the Octagon” Are Holding Him Back
By FCF Staff
Immediately following the news that Jon Jones tested positive for cocaine metabolites, Daniel Cormier supported his rival’s decision to enter rehab, and the latter expanded on the situation in the latest “UFC Tonight.”
Cormier, who was decisioned by Jones at UFC 182 on Saturday, was asked what his initial thoughts were, after he found out about the light-heavyweight champ’s positive drug test. According to a press release from FOX Sports 1, here is some of what Cormier had to say:
“The fight is what it is, he won the fight. I don’t believe I won the fight. But how unfortunate: this is a guy who has the ability to reach people at a different level. Not many people can reach outside of the sport and world of MMA – I believe Jon can do that. Unfortunately, these incidents keep happening to him after his unbelievable performances. He should be a star among stars. He should go in the ESPYS and be recognized with the biggest stars in the sports world. But because he does things outside Octagon, it holds him back.”
Jones was arrested for a DUI in 2012, and in more recent months, he’s captured headlines due to his heated rivalry with Cormier, and his ongoing issues with the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
While Cormier hopes Jones’ recovery goes well, the 35 year-old fighter also admitted that his feelings about his rival, haven’t changed.
“Those feelings are 100 percent real. They don’t go away because we fought once. We still have things to deal with. We’ll probably only deal with them if we stand across cage from each other again. Hopefully the outcome will be different.”
The loss to Jones marked the first time in 16 pro bouts that Cormier had been defeated.
UFC 182 was hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.