Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier lost the belt in a rematch to Jon Jones in the main event of UFC 214.
Despite losing two in a row to Jones, the former champion believes a third fight will happen between the two.
“Why would I stop fighting?” Cormier said on The MMA Hour. “I still feel like I love the competition more than anything. That’s really what drives me. When I don’t have competition, and I’m not in something like that, I’m miserable man. I love to compete, I love being in the environment. Not only will I fight again, but I do believe Jon Jones and I will fight again. Yes I have a desire to fight, and I believe he and I will compete again before it’s all said and done. I don’t know exactly what path leads to back to a fight with Jones, but I anticipate he’ll be the champion and I don’t believe that anyone else in this division can compete with me. So after I win enough fights, I believe we’ll fight again.”
Jones himself echoed the same sentiment about a third fight with Cormier just a few days ago.
Cormier was also involved in an awkward post-fight interview with Joe Rogan at UFC 214, but the former champion holds no ill will towards the longtime UFC employee.
“I don’t hold any ill will towards him (Rogan), I think he was doing his job,” Cormier said. “I don’t hold any ill will towards (referee) John McCarthy. He gave me plenty of opportunities to stay in this fight; I couldn’t. The Joe Rogan interview, I don’t even know what happened. I still haven’t seen it, and honestly Ariel man, I’m still missing time. I don’t remember any of that, I don’t remember leaving the Octagon, I don’t remember some of these photos where I was crying and hugging Bob. I don’t remember any of that. Tears and sadness shows it means something to you, and I would do that again.”
Although Cormier does plan on returning to the Octagon, a specific time frame for that return has yet to be announced.