Two division UFC champion Daniel Cormier and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones have one of the biggest rivalries in all of MMA.
Jones was recently awarded a fifteen month suspension by USADA and can conceivably fight by the end of the year, but DC is more focused on a potential bout with former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar.
“I’m the UFC double champion,” Cormier said on UFC Tonight. “I have bosses in the back and I’m talking about this guy because I have too. I’ve moved past that guy. I went about my business. I went and won another title. Now this guy’s suspension is up, so we’ll see what happens. I think people get excited, people get excited about the prospect of us fighting again, but I’ve got a fight with Brock Lesnar. Why would I look back? Why would I look back to Jones now when I’ve got a fight? Obviously as a competitor I want to fight the guy whose beat me twice, but I’ve got a fight. Why go back? I’ve got a bigger fight with Brock Lesnar, why should I go back?”
It was Jones who defeated Cormier in their initial meeting at UFC 182, while a second Jones win at UFC 214 was overturned to a no contest due to a failed drug test.
DC even has a warning for USADA, which is to not show up at his house anymore in the future for drug tests.
“Here’s the deal: When it comes to USADA, they can’t come to my house anymore at 6 a.m,” Cormier said. “What’s the point? They’ve been to my house 15 times. USADA, don’t come to my house anymore. You don’t need too. You don’t need to come. I’m not going to fail a test, I’m not going to make any mistakes, I’m not going to have to sit up there and go, ‘I’m serious this time, guys. I promise I wasn’t really trying to cheat.’ It’s never going to happen with me. 70 times. 70 times since I started wrestling internationally and I’ve never made a mistake. It’s not that hard. So even to be sitting here and doing this again shows – guys are ridiculous.”
There has been no comment from the UFC yet on what lies in Jones’ future, other than UFC President Dana White stating that Jones won’t be fighting at UFC 230 and will probably return in 2019.