Daniel Cormier has one of the best fight records of all time – but still many don’t place him in the conversation for Greatest fighter of all time. This is mostly because Cormier was never able to outperform Jon Jones. Jones’ morality is dubious but his skill as a fighter is a whole other thing.
Cormier wrapped his fighting career as a 40 year old with a fight record consisting of 22 wins 3 losses and 1 no contest. He held both the lightheavyweight and the heavyweight title at one time.
As a reminder Cormier and Jones have a history stretching back to UFC 178. On the card then were McGregor and Poirier who were about to fight for the first time – and a light heavyweight fight featuring champion Jon Jones and contender Alex Gustafson. But as luck would have it Gustafsson was forced to withdraw with a knee injury. He was to be replaced by Daniel Cormier. While McGregor would go and beat Poirier – Cormier and Jones would go on to have a brawl at the presser – exchange some very harsh words but never actually fight because Jones would go on to withdraw with an injury and the fight would get moved to UFC 182.
Jon Jones let the atmosphere get the better of him when he fought Daniel Cormier at UFC 178 presser.
“I would literally kill you if you spit in my face. Literally kill you. I’m not saying I would fight you, I’m saying I would kill you if you did some stupid s*** like that.”
Subsequently Jones would cycle through legal issues and suspensions – some for legal issues and some for failed doping tests.
In the end Jones remains Cormier’s white whale.
Since 2014, Benny A. King has been fully immersed in the world of combat sports. Starting with a blog about Greco Roman wrestling, Benny’s passion for combat sports has led him to explore various disciplines.