Following the announcement of DC’s victory in the UFC 226 event, there was a heated confrontation between the champ and Brock Lesnar.
And, despite his record-breaking success, a lot of people still doubt DC because of his defeat to Jon Jones.
His light heavyweight strap was only returned to him after it was confirmed that Jones failed the drug test after he knocked out Cormier at UFC 214. This fight resulted in a no contest, and Cormier still had the title with him.
When asked about a potential third bout against the ex-light heavyweight champ, DC said,
“I would (want to fight him) if he’s around, but I don’t know if he’s going to be around,”
“But honestly, at this point, does he even deserve it? I hold the cards now. He may have won the fights, but I hold the cards. I’m the one that competed. I’m the one that went up and did something that you are not going to do. I went and fought the baddest man on the planet, the most successful heavyweight champion of all time, a great guy, a great champion, a guy that does everything the right way and I won. So, I don’t know. I don’t know if that’s going to happen.”
Cormier’s Message to People Who Don’t Believe in Him
Cormier makes it clear that he no longer needs to prove to people that he has to win over Jones to secure his place among the sport’s greatest fighter. His accomplishment as the second in the history of UFC as a simultaneous two-division champion stands on its own, and no one should question that. DC said, “I think that with this, I don’t need him.”
The two-division UFC champ also has a message to the people who aren’t celebrating his victory.
“This, for everyone that said you’re a fake champion, you’re not a real champion. You can’t question this one. You may question that light heavyweight title, you can question it to the grave, but I have something completely separate from him. And I’m very grateful for it because everything was tied to that guy no matter how much I beat everybody up. It was always, ‘Well you lost to Jones.’
I’m a champion and I am one of the greatest fighters of all time.”
Watch Cormier’s full statement on the UFC 226 Post-Fight Press Conference:
Now, with an upcoming bout with Brock Lesnar, everyone should expect more from Cormier. With the shoving match in the Octagon that shocked the world after Cormier called out Lesnar on stage, it seems like we’re going to witness a massive heavyweight title fight anytime soon.
Cormier is open to two more fights against big names before his retirement in March. Jones may be qualified for the conditions, but with his pending case with the USADA, Cormier isn’t willing to do any business with him at the moment.