Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier have had one of the most bitter rivalries that the UFC has ever seen. However, following their second time fighting in the Octagon at UFC 214, Jones had his hand raised again winning both of their fights. Although a tough pill to swallow, Cormier had to admit in his post-fight Octagon interview that their rivalry was likely now just a thing of the past.
Prior to Cormier having to come to terms with the idea that their rivalry was over, Jones took to the mic in the Octagon after knocking Cormier out in the third round of their rematch and had very kind things to say about his opponent. “Bones” made an appearance on Monday’s episode of “Good Morning America” and was asked by Michael Strahan on giving Cormier respect after everything they have been through.
“You know, Daniel, for the most part, he’s a fierce competitor, a pretty great, good individual, standup athlete, standup champion, and I know how important our fight was for him,” Jones said to Strahan. “It was a legacy fight for him and I just didn’t want a win or a loss to determine his legacy. I wanted people to see him for the guy that he actually was outside of the Octagon. I think that’s equally as important. So I just thought I’d shed some light on him and who he was and it was – it was just.”
Jones also added that if there is the chance that he and Brock Lesnar will fight, it will take some time with Lesnar being eligible to fight in the UFC again. In the meantime, who do you think is next for Jon Jones? Leave a comment and let us know who you would like to see “Bones” fight next.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 8/7/2017.