There is no doubt that Daniel Cormier is riding a seemingly endless roller coaster of emotions.
With news breaking on Tuesday that Jon Jones was flagged for a second potential USADA violation, the future is still uncertain of what will come of the UFC light heavyweight championship title. With Jones being deemed a full and fair legal process before any sanctions are imposed, Cormier is laying off any judgment before that is done.
“We as athletes are entitled to due process, and I will refrain from saying much more until I know exactly what happened,” said Cormier.
A day since the news broke with more time to reflect, Cormier is still taking the high road and reiterated his message to fans and supporters through social media saying, “Thank you all for the overwhelming support. Let’s give Jon time and what he’s entitled to, due process. Thanks again. DC”
It’s completely understandable why Cormier is having a hard time describing his feelings as his situation is quite unique. With his hunger and ability of being one of the best mixed martial artists in the world, Jones is the only man that holds wins over Cormier in MMA competition. Jones won a unanimous decision victory during their first fight in 2015 and became the first to ever knock out and finish Cormier in competition at UFC 214. With that devastating world title loss now lingering on the verge of potentially being overturned on record, it still does not turn around what physically happened at UFC 214. However, given the circumstances of a potentially banned substance being a factor in that fight, finding a few words to describe what Daniel Cormier is going through right now is near impossible.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 8/23/2017.