Daniel Cormier was defeated by Jon Jones by round three TKO at UFC 214 this past weekend. Loosing the UFC Light Heavyweight title, Cormier was seen dazed and distraught as he came to terms with his loss moments after. “I thought the fight was going well, I don’t even know what happened,” he told Joe Rogan. “Im so disappointed. If you win both fights I guess there is no rivalry,” he continued.
Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones had fought for a second time this weekend. Jon Jones won their first bout by unanimous decision at UFC 182 in January 2015 and their rivalry had continued ever since. Jon Jones however had nothing but good to say about DC as he gave his post fight octagon interview. “I want to take this time to thank Daniel Cormier for being my biggest rival and motivator. Daniel Cormier guys, he has no reason to hang his head. He has been a model champion, a model husband, a model father, a team mate, a leader and I aspire to be a lot like that man because he is an amazing human being. Unfortunately we were opponents but outside of that he is a true champion for the rest of his life,” He said.
Cormier issued a statement via his social media since his loss, congratulating Jon Jones and his team.
First off, thank you all for the kind words. I have felt the support. Congratulations to Jon Jones and his team. They did a phenomenal job and got the victory. Also, to Big John McCarthy, I would like to apologize for acting up with you. I am thankful for the time you gave me to try and defend myself and stay in the fight. You are the best in the business for a reason. I also wanna thank my team and my coaches. I love you all from the bottom of my heart. Your time and energy is greatly appreciated. You guys did a wonderful job, I was ready. It’s a fist fight and things happen. Dana White and the @ufc, thank you for being the premiere organization in all of MMA. Again, congrats to Team Jones and JacksonWink. Love you all. I’ll see you soon. DC 📷@layziethesavage
It may be the end the end of their rivalry but it is surely not the end for DC.