Jon Jones To Daniel Cormier: ‘You’re Not a Champion’

May 18, 2017

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones defended the title in January 2015, defeating Daniel Cormier by unanimous decision in the UFC 182 main event. “Bones” was stripped of the 205-pound-belt after defending the title a record eight times following his involvement in a felony hit-and-run accident weeks before his scheduled ninth title defense against Anthony Johnson at UFC 187.

While Jones was out of the light heavyweight picture, Cormier captured the title as a late replacement for Jones against Johnson. Jones returned to the Octagon at UFC 197 in April 2016. He defeated Ovince Saint Preux by unanimous decision to win the interim light heavyweight crown.

Jon Jones vs Daniel Cormier brawl (fight)A rematch with Cormier was booked between the two to headline UFC 200 in July 2016 to unify the belts. Three days before the event Jones will pulled from the fight card for an anti-doping violation.

Jones returns on July 29 against Cormier in the UFC 214 main event with the title on the line. While Cormier holds the belt, Jones doesn’t consider “DC” the champion.

“I know he’s a prideful guy and he considers himself a champion, but the truth is, you’re not a champion,” Jones told UFC Tonight. “You never won the NCAAs. You never won at the Olympics. You never won the UFC light heavyweight championship. And Strikeforce, I mean, who can’t win that belt?”

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Jones is considered one of the greatest fighters in mixed martial arts history.  He owns the accolade of the youngest fighter to win a UFC title.  He holds the record for the most successful title defenses in the 205-pound division.  He has the most wins of any fighter to compete in the Octagon in the light heavyweight division.  The 29-year-old Jones believes Cormier wants want he’s accomplished. 

“Daniel is a guy who wants, he wants what I have. And I know that sounds weird because he has the belt, but he wants what I have,” said the former champion. “He wants to be known as the guy and he’s simply not no matter what he tries to tell himself.”

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  • TheJustOne

    Stay clean, shut up, and prove it, Jones. Everyone is sick and tired of your stupidity.

  • Muaythai4life

    If this fight happens, and Jones wins, THEN run your mouth. You can’t really talk big when you got stripped of your title and then got popped for banned substances. I think Jon was freakishly amazing as a fighter. His ability to just shut down people was incredible. But he’s been out a long time and we just don’t know where he is as a fighter right now. Daniel IS the champion, go take his belt Jon then talk.

  • some dude

    I’m not a Jones fan but he is right, Daniel didn’t beat him to get the belt. In the words of the Nature Boy “in order to be the man, you gotta beat the man!” until DC beats Jones he’s not the man. BTW that’s some serious trash talk by Jones.

    • Suerte Bebe

      Jones can say what he wants but all his wins was due to drugs and proved by UFC. Jones know that he cannot fight without drugs and he apologised after he tested positive. So Jones cheated in all his fights he was stripped that is worst than a fight loss. Its like taking a Rino pill before sex cheater. Daniel he is getting old and no cardio but he looks like a stud so for me this is a boaring fight nothing fun but just the rivalry thing. Who ever stays cool in the cage WINs. Fight smart not rashly and rush like Ronda Rousey.

      • TheCerealKiller

        Drugs? Really? He tested positive out of competition for a banned substance proven to be in a contaminated supplement. He has never failed any other drug test. With all the random testing going on and guys getting popped left and right, you must thing Jones is paying off WADA and all the commissions.

        • JonesAcheat

          Really? Then why was he suspended for a year whereas Cyborg didn’t get suspended. Jones has cheated, period! If he didn’t then he’d still be fighting.

        • Prince Randorson

          I dont accept the “contaminated” supplement excuse, not from Jones or any other fighter. I’ve known for over 17 years that the most effective supplements are likely “contaminated”. No way a professional athlete does not know the risk they are taking when they consume those supplements.

      • some dude

        I don’t know if all his wins are due to drugs/steroids or not. It kind of seems unfair to state definitively one way or another based on 1 positive test.

    • macarrech

      So that means Woodley is not the welter champion bc GSP never lost the title.

      • deepgrim

        there may never be a 145 champion again

      • some dude

        If GSP didn’t retire and Tyrone beat someone else to get an interim belt, then your right Tyrone would just be an interim champ. Being as Jones still is an active fighter at light heavy weight and DC never beat Jones but won an interim title, then DC is just that an interim Champ. As for the 145 division they are fighting for the interim belt until either a. McGregor retires or b. the winner of the interim title unifies the belt by beating McGregor or c. McGregor vacates the title. If more detail is needed feel free to ask.

  • TheCerealKiller

    Even though I do agree with his statement, give Dan a little credit. He did beat everyone they have put in front of him, except Jones! The only thing DC has over Jones is two wins over Rumble. I really wanted to see that Jones/Rumble fight.

    • GusVsJones2

      The other thing is DC beat Gus decisively whereas Jones really didn’t. I thought Gus won that fight by at least split decision.

      • Prince Randorson

        So did I.

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  • Julian

    Jones was stripped off his title because he took roids (even if he told us some bla bla bla to hide this fact).

    So DC is the real champ. And Jones has to prove us that he can beat DC without being under roids.

    That’s it.

  • Hyperbole

    I’d respond with, “And you are not a professional.” I mean, Jones is the sole reason we’re witness to this ongoing mess. He may be great, but how great are you when you’re on your couch on fight night?