DC is now a simultaneous two-division champion after seizing heavyweight belt from Miocic
UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier wrote his name on the history of MMA after his first-round knockout win over Stipe Miocic at UFC 226, Saturday night. He’s now the second fighter to hold world titles at two weight divisions simultaneously.
Despite some controversies clouding his first title win against former light heavyweight champ Jon Jones at 205 pounds, this achievement officially made DC hop aboard the “greatest of all-time” dialogue.
In fact, Jones’ manager Malki Kawa said his talent has something to say about the clamoured Jones vs DC rematch after his UFC 226 victory.
Here’s his statement on Cormier during an appearance on ESPN’s Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show to speak in behalf of the former 205-pound champion:
“I guess now we can say welcome to the club. He’s actually a champion. He won the heavyweight championship and no one can take that way from him, he is the heavyweight champion of the world.”
“So that was one thing. He said, ‘Malk, this is the best that that could’ve happened because now I have the choice to come back and kick his ass at Light Heavyweight or heavyweight.’ So he was just happy, excited.”
Taking Cormier’s win to his advantage
Tracing back to the Jones-Cormier rivalry, the first fighter won the two same fights against DC, but the decisions favoured the champ-champ after ‘Bones’ tested positive of steroids. After such, Cormier has been mentioning how Jones was unable to fight and win another title due to lack of ‘platform’ after USADA’s suspension.
Shortly after Cormier’s heavyweight win, here’s Jones getting all excited to re-enter the Octagon with DC. The 39-year-old’s two-division titles are an excellent choice for Bones, as he says.
Kawa on how Jones sees a trilogy of his Cormier bid:
“When you beat a guy twice and the second time was more than convincing than the first time, Jon is not the type of guy that says ‘It should’ve been me.’ He says, ‘Great, now it’s my time to come back and it’s my choice to be the heavyweight or light heavyweight.’ And that’s awesome.”
Who’s the real GOAT?
Jones’ return is still unknown since he has yet to undergo arbitration with USADA, where he faces a potential four-year suspension. Everyone hopes this will be lifted soon because both fighters have something to prove to one another.
Bones to prove he’s a better fighter with or without performance enhancing drugs, and DC to prove he deserves both belts he’s now holding.
Here’s a quick highlight video on the Jones vs Cormier 2:
Whatever the division may be, the MMA fandom indeed awaits for this fight so they’ll know who to call the “greatest of all time.”