Despite their heated and very physical rivalry, Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier has plenty of good things to say about former Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones, the man who handed him his one and only loss in mixed martial arts.
“The guy is the most talented human being I have ever competed against,” Cormier told the press at the UFC 210 open workouts. “He’s good in every aspect of fighting.”
Few would doubt Cormier. While Jon Jones’ out-of-the-cage behavior can rightly be condemned, his performance in the cage was first class. Along with such fighters as Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre, he is widely considered one of the best mixed martial artists of all time. During his prime, he was often seen at the top of Sherdog’s pound-for-pound best list, and only one controversial loss sullies his 23 professional MMA fights.
Jones also holds many records in the UFC. Besides being the former light heavyweight champion, he has the most successful light heavyweight title defenses and the third most successful title defenses in UFC history.
Jones is also notable for being the youngest fighter to win a UFC title, which he did when he was only 23 years old.
Still, Jon Jones is a thing of past for Daniel Cormier, who will be defending his strap this Saturday at UFC 210 against the man he originally defeated to earn the title, Anthony Johnson.
“You guys care about Jon Jones,” Cormier said. “We don’t. He’s a non-factor. This is a guy who hasn’t fought for almost two years. And the last time he fought Ovince Saint Preux, it was just a shitty fight.”
Is Daniel Cormier right, or is he writing off Jon “Bones” Jones prematurely?
Daniel Cormier answers more questions about Jon "Bones" Jones, tells the media scrum at #UFC210 open workouts, "You guys care about Jon Jones, we don't."
Posted by MMAFighting.com – The Mixed Martial Arts News Website on Thursday, April 6, 2017