Cormier (21-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC), who was Jones’ (22-1 MMA, opponent at UFC 214 in July 2017 when “Bones” flunked his drug test, hosted tonight’s episode of “UFC Tonight” on FS1, which aired just minutes after it was announced Jones had reached an arbitration decision with USADA that will allow him to return as of Oct. 28.
For starters, Cormier gave his instant reaction to the situation and noted that he was only talking about Jones because it’s part of his television duties (via Twitter):
“I’m the UFC double champion,” Cormier said. “I have bosses in the back and I’m talking about this guy because I have too. I’ve moved past that guy. I went about my business. I went and won another title. Now this guy’s suspension is up, so we’ll see what happens.”
Cormier’s co-host Kenny Florian then asked Cormier if he would be interested in a third matchup with his longtime rival now that it’s a realistic possibility. “DC” didn’t show much interested in a trilogy and pointed to the fact he has a matchup with Brock Lesnar tentatively lined up for early next year.
“I think people get excited, people get excited about the prospect of us fighting again, but I’ve got a fight with Brock Lesnar. Why would I look back? Why would I look back to Jones now when I’ve got a fight? Obviously as a competitor I want to fight the guy whose beat me twice, but I’ve got a fight. Why go back? I’ve got a bigger fight with Brock Lesnar, why should I go back?”
Like many others within the MMA community, Cormier questioned the circumstances around Jones’ suspension considering the fact he’s a multi-time offender. Other fighters have received sterner punishments for less under USADA, and in closing Cormier had a pointed message for the UFC’s doping partner.
“Here’s the deal: When it comes to USADA, they can’t come to my house anymore at 6 a.m,” Cormier said. “What’s the point? They’ve been to my house 15 times. USADA, don’t come to my house anymore. You don’t need too. You don’t need to come. I’m not going to fail a test, I’m not going to make any mistakes, I’m not going to have to sit up there and go, ‘I’m serious this time, guys. I promise I wasn’t really trying to cheat.’ It’s never going to happen with me. 70 times. 70 times since I started wrestling internationally and I’ve never made a mistake. It’s not that hard. So even to be sitting here and doing this again shows – guys are ridiculous.”
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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