Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier enjoyed one of the great rivalries in MMA history. During a late June appearance on Steve-O’s Wild Ride! podcast, Jones expressed nothing but respect.
I think he’s an outstanding man," said Jones. "I think he represents himself very well. I think he represents African-Americans very well. He represents the UFC very well. Being a father, being an athlete, he’s very well-spoken, he’s a great commentator. ... I respect DC"
“The reality is when you’re in the Octagon - this guy I was in the Octagon with over 40 minutes - if you can’t respect a person in that capacity when you’re done with them, then who can you respect? I do respect Jones in terms of what he does as an athlete, what he’s been able to do and all those things. It doesn’t have to be a friendship and it won’t be.”
“I do respect him as a competitor. I never said I didn’t. That’s where it gets all confused when they talk about this thing between him and I. I never not respected him as a competitor. It was all the other stuff I had a problem with.
“I never did that. If you’re an honest guy, which I try to think I am, you tell the truth. You can respect a person for their skills. I do respect those skills.”