"I hear it, but you know what, I've got some great fans and friends because they defend me. You know I've said it time and time again that Jon disqualified himself from the competition. He took his name out of the hat. He's not an option anymore right now. Until he gets everything right outside of the octagon if you get to choose who's champion you cannot pick Jon Jones. He disqualified himself from competition and there's nothing we can do about it. There's nothing I can do about it, there's nothing Anthony [Johnson] could have done about it. We can only compete to the best of our ability for what's available and that's the UFC Championship. I am proud of what I accomplished the other day. I mean, not a lot of people get the stand inside of the octagon and and wear a UFC title. I'm proud of that. You know what, man, I would like to fight Jon again and hopefully beat Jon. But when they put that belt around my waist I'm the UFC Champion. They don't just give away those titles, man. And they didn't say, here Daniel, here's your interim title. They said, Daniel you are the lineal UFC Champion across the board. When we go through the books, as I said in the interview, I said, Ariel Helwani, when you look in the record books there will be no asterisk next to my name as I am the UFC champion."
-- That was Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier's response to Ariel Helwani's question of whether he believes he's holding a "paper belt." The winner of the main event at UFC 187 was on the MMA Hour recently to talk about his victory over Anthony Johnson for the vacant belt after Jon Jones was suspended from the promotion for a felony hit-and-run charge. Cormier was giddy in describing his feelings over winning the belt and said he will try his utmost to represent the sport in the best light possible, adding he wants to be the sort of champion kids can look up to and hopefully aspire to be.The champ also complimented the trash talk coming from Ryan Bader, saying he's going to get exactly what he wanted." I hope you make a good fight of it, because if you don't, you're going to get embarrassed."