Cormier wanted to throw UFC belts away after Jones KO

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier appeared recently on the 400th episode of Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour, and said that after being knocked out by Jon Jones at UFC 214 in July, he wanted to throw away his UFC belts.

“I was pissed off, man,” said Cormier, as transcribed by Dave Doyle for MMA Fighting. “I just couldn’t believe that that happened. You don’t understand me, you know? It’s like this thing, I guess it’s like a wrestling thing – you get so mad, you don’t think about the emotion and reaction, and then you regret it later. I would have regretted throwing those away. My wife wouldn’t let me.”

The bout was declared a No Contest after Jones failed an anti-doping test, but the belts still aren’t on display.

“I had a fight party last week to watch Luke and ‘Canelo’ fights and I have this movie room in my house,” said Cormier. “I have a whole bunch of pictures and fight stuff and memories and stuff of my fights and all my championships. And when everyone came over, they saw my Strikeforce title, and King of the Cage, and XMMA and they were like, ‘Hey, where are your UFC championships?’”

“I still haven’t put those back up. I tried to throw them away but my wife wouldn’t let me. So I just put them away in my closet. I’m still not at the point now where I can take all these belts out and face them every day.”

Cormier should not feel ambiguous about the belts. Prior to their fight, he said Jones has likely always been cheating. The remarks came after Jones gloated that he was doing cocaine the weekend before their first fight.

“If you’re willing to do that right before a fight, and that’s something that can be detrimental to you going forward, why wouldn’t you do something that could help you?” asked Cormier reasonably. “That’s my philosophy. I could be wrong. I do believe that this dude has been cheating his entire life, though.”

And then Jones failed a test. And now Cormier’s belt was restored, rightly.