Although it’s been a few weeks now since Daniel Cormier was defeated by Jon Jones at UFC 214, the former light-heavyweight champ says he’s not sure he can watch the devastating loss yet.
Cormier faced Jones in the July 29th card’s main event, and after two, competitive rounds, the latter cracked “DC” with a head kick. As Cormier attempted to recover, Jones poured it on, and finished his rival with a brutal series of ground-and-pound strikes.
The decorated wrestler hadn’t said much about the defeat, but more recently, Cormier was a guest on “The MMA Hour”. During the interview, the 38 year-old had this to say about the devastating loss (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“Right now, so far, I’m still kind of playing the guessing game, as to how the fight was going and how everything played out,” Cormier said. “Because I asked people around me, like my coaches and my friends, they’ll talk to me about the fight, and from what everybody tells me, I think watching the fight would probably do more harm than good, because they were saying that we were fighting pretty even up until the kick, and I think it would maybe disappoint me.
“I’m not sure I’m ready for that emotionally yet, to watch that, especially if they are telling me the truth in regards to how the fight was going. And it was such a simple mistake, and I think that’s why it sucks. Because I don’t miss head kicks like that, and it’s not like it was a head kick off a punch combination or anything like that…”
Cormier was very emotional immediately after the defeat, so it’s not surprising to hear that he hasn’t watched the bout yet. The former champ is clearly motivated to get back in the cage and resume another title run, as during that interview, Cormier said he’s not retiring. In addition, he also relayed that he believes he’ll face Jones again.
It will be interesting to see if Cormier can make that happen. Jones, meanwhile, is expected to fight Alexander Gustafsson next, but nothing official has been announced.