For the longest time, the narrative was that Daniel Cormier was obsessed with all things “Bones” and couldn’t go on in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career without at least having the chance to avenge his loss to him.
And while Cormier admits that may have been the case in the past, things have changed.
“I feel as a competitor I want to win two fights, but, I think the story for me has changed a little bit. Before it was all about Jon Jones, Jon Jones Jon Jones; now it’s my story,” said Cormier during a recent interview on MMA Junkie Radio.
“I have changed my thought process in regards to him. I don’t really need to fight him at all anymore. I would be okay either way. Competitively, I want to win two out of the three, but, realistically this is my story and now he’s just taking part in it.”
Judging by this stellar promotional video, you couldn’t tell it was “DC’s” story at all.
Nevertheless, Daniel is the reigning and defending 205-pound champion and Jones will step into the Octagon on July 29 as the challenger, something he’s rarely done in the later stages of his combat career.
Whether or not they fight for a third time to possibly break a potential even series will heavily weigh on the outcome of the UFC 214 headlining bout.
“As a competitor, you obviously don’t want to leave even or behind, so I would like to beat him twice,” added Cormier. “With everything that has happened, I had almost come to the conclusion if we never fought again, because I was ready to fight last July and we could be fighting for the third time now if that stuff hadn’t happened last year,” he added.
Indeed, Jones and “DC” were set to rematch at last year’s UFC 200 pay-per-view (PPV) event before “Bones” was bounced due to a failed drug test and ultimately received a one-year suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).