Daniel Cormier’s history with former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been tumultuous to say the least.
If it wasn’t non-stop back-and-forth banter or pre-fight fisticuffs that Cormier had to worry about, the current 205-pound champion also had to deal with the anxiety and anticipation of whether or not “Bones” would fail another drug test or get into a legal pickle outside of the Octagon.
That kind of stress can be exhausting for anyone.
His rivalry with Volkan Oezdemir didn’t get off to a good start, either, as the “No Time” is in the middle of a legal battle of his own after he was arrested and subsequently released after he was allegedly involved in a bar fight earlier this year.
At the end of the day, “DC” says he will no longer spend his energy worrying about his foes extracurricular activities.
“I just kinda was like, just move onto the next guy,” Cormier said Monday on The MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting). “If it’s going to be somebody else, it’s going to be somebody else. I really don’t have any energy anymore for all these guys’ extracurriculars anymore. If you’re going to go to jail, go to jail — who gives a damn? If you’re going to get yourself in trouble, you get yourself in trouble. I didn’t do it. Whatever. I’ll just go onto the next guy. I’m not going to deal with that anymore,” he added.
“I feel like I have lost years of my life dealing with the shit with Jones, in terms of the arguments, the fighting, the worry, whether we’re going to fight, when we’re going to fight. I’ve lost a lot of time and energy just wasted on things that were out of my control. So if Volkan Oezdemir goes to jail, if Alexander Gustafsson does something and gets himself put in trouble, I’ll just move onto the next one,” added the current champion.
To hear Cormier explain it, he’s mentally prepared himself to have a last-minute switch of opponent come fight night, as history has shown him there is no telling what will happen up until the age door closes.
“That’s what it’s going to constantly be for me. At this point, they’re all faceless until fight night, whenever we’re standing across the Octagon from each other. It’s just a name, and whoever that name happens to be is who I’m going to fight.”
According to Volkan, he is confident his legal woes won’t prevent him from going taking on Cormier in the main event of UFC 220 on January 20, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Of course, Johnny Law could have the final word.