Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, who also captured the crown at 265 pounds, is sick and tired of talking to the folks at United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), especially when they call his house before sunrise.
Probably because “DC” doesn’t want to keep handing over that San Jose lemonade when longtime rival Jon Jones, twice suspended for flunking his UFC drug tests, was able to cut a deal with the regulatory body and return to action this October.
Read Cormier’s USADA rant here.
But Jones believes this has nothing to do with the hassles of random drug testing and more to do with the reality that “Bones” is “innocent,” making his UFC 214 knockout win over Cormier — since overturned to a “no contest” — a result of skill and not performance-enhancing drugs.
From his official Instagram page:
“You mad, Bro? USADA keeps calling but you’re not going to pick up the phone because the second you hear them say I’m innocent is the instant the illusion you’ve created shatters. Then it’s all real AGAIN and that’s not a step you’re willing to take. Instead you wrap yourself in your fake belt and keep telling yourself the shin that slammed into your face and the performance that buried you once again was enhanced. The fact you can’t beat me kills you and it stops you from picking up that phone. If you answer it then the nightmare becomes reality. Then again, maybe you do pick up, accept the truth that you were defeated by a superior fighter and that gives you peace. Or it goes another way and you get motivated to try a third time and that will save me the hassle of having to dig you up before I bury you. So now that the illusion you’ve built is crumbling and the ‘violation was not intended nor could it have enhanced the athlete’s performance’ you still have to tell yourself something yeah? And while there was ‘absolutely no intention to use prohibited substances,’ it was my intention to kick your ass once again. Mission accomplished. Pick up the phone.”
Seems like nobody picks up the phone these days.
It’s unlikely that Jones and Cormier will have a third fight at this stage of their respective careers. “DC” already announced his retirement, expected to take place next March, after locking horns with former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, who also ran afoul of USADA.
There was some talk of squeezing in a 205-pound title defense between now and then; however, we’re quickly running out of time and the available contenders are few and far between (sorry, Shogun).
In addition, “Bones” is being paired off with longtime rival Alexander Gustafsson for a light heavyweight rematch at UFC 232 this December in Las Vegas, according to promotion president Dana White, though nothing is official at this time.
That means the Jones-Cormier rivalry will remain relegated to social media ... for now.