Thanks to his crushing loss at UFC 214, Daniel Cormier will forever be known as the light-heavyweight champ who could never quite get past Jon Jones. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that, up until the moment the shin struck his head, Cormier wasn’t really losing that fight. And it certainly doesn’t detract from all of his amazing accomplishments in the sport, and all his wins against people not named Jon Jones.
Immediately after his loss, Cormier was understandably emotional. And though he didn’t say he was going to retire, the question of his future in the sport was certainly foremost in many people’s minds.
Cormier talked about that future on Ariel Helwani’s “The MMA Hour” yesterday.
The former UFC champion said he will likely sit out for the rest of 2017 to heal and spend time with his family, but then he expects to get right back into the swing of things. And once he does, he will return with the goal of proving himself worthy of a third shot at Jones.
“Why would I stop fighting?” Cormier said. “I feel like I still love the competition more than anything. That’s really what’s driving me. When I don’t have competition, I’m not in something like that, I’m miserable, man. I love to compete. I love to be in the environment. Not only am I going to fight again, but I do believe that Jon Jones and I will fight again. So, of course I have a desire to fight, and I believe that him and I will compete again before it’s all said and done.
“I don’t know exactly what path leads back to a fight with Jones, but I anticipate he’ll be the champion,” Cormier added, “and I don’t believe anyone else in this division can compete with me. So, after I win enough fights, I believe that we’ll fight again. Also, we make money together, and when you make money together, the UFC is usually pretty open to making those matches.”