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Daniel Cormier: Why Stipe Miocic is my greatest rival

"Not Jon Jones, a guy that has done those things in his life and has been a real education in what not to do."
Daniel Cormier

Daniel Cormier fought for the last time, losing the trilogy vs. Stipe Miocic at UFC 252 on August 15; DC made his retirement official during the latest episode of ESPN's DC & Helwani Show. And Cormier discussed Jon Jones who recently relinquished the light heavyweight belt and intends to move up to heavyweight. The pair do not send each other Christmas cards.

“Look man, I’m so passed this whole Jon Jones thing,” said Cormier. “At this point, for me to even give it any thought, it’s ridiculous. I know that as my story ends and there’s all this stuff to be accomplished, I’m not sure that he gets that. It’s whatever. I’ll take the longevity of a life of accomplishments than dealing with a guy that has had all those issues and almost seems as though he wants nothing more than to give himself a tough time whenever he doesn’t have that ability to fight anymore, which is sad.

“At the end of the day, I don’t know how this guy’s story ends and he’s got some real changes if his story doesn’t end very sad. So I’m gonna go about making my life as big as possible and not giving any of my energy to that stuff anymore.”

“My greatest rival is Stipe Miocic: a fireman, a husband, and a guy that loves his family. Not Jon Jones, a guy that has done those things in his life and has been a real education in what not to do. I’d rather my rival be a guy that’s a firefighter and that protects the community and loves his family and does things the right way. That’s who I’m gonna give my energy to when people ask about my greatest rival.”

Now DC's two greatest rivals may fight. UFC president Dana White says the next heavyweight title shot goes to Francis Ngannou. But Miocic beat Ngannou handily at UFC 220 on January 20, 2018, and was enthusiastic about the potential rematch, saying he would prefer a new challenge. Jon Jones would be a new challenge. And if Miocic fights and beats Ngannou again, barring yet another calamity, Jones would be next. Cormier was asked why he believes Jones is moving up a division.

“It all gets tougher. As you get older, it gets tougher,” replied Cormier. “Those guys continue to improve and continue to get better, and they’re just as big now, they’re just as long, Dominick is just as athletic, it gets tougher. Maybe he just doesn’t want any part of that? Because he did say initially that he would fight Jan Blachowicz. . . Maybe it was Dominick Reyes or it was nobody and so he was like, ‘Okay, it’s nobody. I’ll go to heavyweight.’”

“All that I said before, those are personal things,” Cormier said. “When it comes to him professionally, if you have that skillset, the skillset that Jon Jones has, it doesn’t matter what weight class, he will be able to compete. That’s a fact. You can love him, you can hate him, but that’s a fact.

“He will compete against anybody. So for him to go to heavyweight, I don’t know if it’s as risky as people are trying to make it seem. He can fight those guys because I fought those guys. They’re big, they’re strong, they’re dangerous, but he can fight those guys.”

What do you think UG, who is DC's biggest rival, Miocic or Jones?

h/t Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting