Although Daniel Cormier has had the biggest fight of his career cancelled on just three days notice, the UFC’s light-heavyweight champ stopped short of verbally blasting his bitter rival, Jon Jones.
As you’ve likely heard by now, on Wednesday night, the UFC announced that Jones has been pulled from UFC 200 due to a potential anti-doping violation. As a result, the heavyweight bout between Brock Lesnar and Mark Hunt is the July 9th card’s new headliner.
Obviously this is a massive blow to the UFC, as well as Cormier. The promotion held a press conference to discuss the shocking news, and during it, Cormier relayed that he is extremely disappointed. The champion noted that it’s a huge setback for him, from both a “competitive” and “financial” standpoint.
But, “DC” didn’t take the opportunity to criticize Jones, despite their well documented rivalry (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I’m not a guy who likes to pile on to somebody, no matter who it is,” Cormier said. “USADA changes a lot of things. They are a great organization who is going to clean up our sport … the UFC didn’t have to do this, they decided to clean up this sport, so you’re going to have casualties. Jon deserves due process.”
“I have to move forward,” Cormier added. “This chapter in my life has been dragging me and dragging me and it’s made my ugly. I guess we’ll see what happens in his appeal process…”
Cormier also said in the presser that he would be more than willing to fight at UFC 200, if the UFC can fight an opponent that makes sense. UFC boss man Dana White noted that the promotion is looking into it. Guess we’ll see what happens.
What a crazy, crazy situation. UFC 200 will go down at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. In addition to Lesnar – Hunt, the card still features two title fights, as Jose Aldo will battle Frankie Edgar for the interim 145 title, and bantamweight champ Miesha Tate will face Amanda Nunes.