Last weekend, during the broadcast of the UFC 213 main card, the promotion aired a chilling trailer for the UFC 214 main event: a light heavyweight showdown between reigning champion Daniel Cormier, and his biggest rival, former champion Jon Jones.
This trailer immediately got people talking on social media. One of the main talking points about it was its Jones-centric tone. While the champion Cormier features heavily in it, the challenger Jones is undeniably the star.
On a recent episode of MMAJunkie Radio, Cormier addressed his status as the supporting actor in this trailer. While Cormier has had gripes with the way he’s been promoted in the past – such as his positioning on the UFC 210 poster – he’s surprisingly not bothered by the format of this trailer.
“I think the story of redemption is an easy sell,” Cormier said (h/t MMAJunkie).
“I feel like, watching it, it was like two parties,” Cormier said. “You saw all the ups and downs of his career, and I was the steady, more adult voice in that promo, which is I think the narrative of the fight. The steady person vs. the up-and-down person.”
“I like having the opportunity of being the person that doesn’t allow for the redemption,” Cormier said. “I will not allow him to have the ultimate redemption.”
“His redemption is in the form of him being able to fight again. His redemption is not being able to be the champion anymore. That is not his end goal any more. His end goal now is to get to the fight, stay out of trouble and become just a fighter again. His story doesn’t end with him getting the belt back.”
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 7/12/2017.