So he says, anyway.
And Jones? He says more or less the same thing. He beat Cormier twice, as he’s always quick to point out (even if the second fight was changed to no-contest after Jones was found to have violated the UFC’s anti-doping policy). He has nothing to gain by beating Cormimer again.
Or so he would have us believe.
Guess that’s it then. Cormier has other impending business with Brock Lesnar. Jones has Alexander Gustafssson and the reclamation project with the UFC light heavyweight title to think about (plus he also wants a piece of Lesnar, presumably because Jones knows he’s too big to plausibly call out Floyd Mayweather).
Seems like the only reason these two are even still talking about it is because we keep asking them to, which makes you wonder when we’ll finally stop.
The easy answer might be: when Cormier retires. He insists it’s coming soon. After he gets that Lesnar payday, and after his 40th birthday in March, he says he’ll be done fighting.
The losses to Jones might eat at him somewhat, but probably less and less as time goes on. We know Cormier is competitive, but we also know he’s almost shockingly reasonable and well adjusted. If anyone can get over it, it’s this guy.
And Jones? He doesn’t need to get over it. He won the fights. He can let Cormier slide into retirement, confident in the knowledge that whenever people talk about the double champ’s place in MMA history they’ll always end up mentioning the one guy he wasn’t ever able to beat.
So why doesn’t it feel like we’re entirely done here? Maybe it’s the post-script to their last fight. Ending on a no-contest, regardless of what we might think about how we got there, can’t help but feel unsatisfying.
There’s also the question of what we’ll be left with when we don’t have the Jones-Cormier rivalry hovering around the upper weight classes in the UFC.
If Jones wins his rematch with Gustafsson at UFC 232 then light heavyweight will start to look like a wasteland. You’ve got Anthony Smith. You’ve got Volkan Oezdemir and Jimi Manuwa. What you haven’t got is anything that feels like a suitable test for the best fighter in the world.
Don’t even get me started on heavyweight, the division where the last title fight featured a guy who declared himself not ready for a title shot just a month earlier.
Jones and Cormier represent two of the greatest talents the sport has ever known. They’re also just a good story, these two guys who seem like they could almost be friends if not for every single aspect of their divergent personalities. We learn so much about both men by the contrasts between the two of them. What are we supposed to do for fun if they decide they’ve had enough of this rivalry?
We’ll think of something, probably. Even if that something involves asking the same question over and over, all while waiting for them to run out of other options.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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