A media conference call was held yesterday for the upcoming UFC 187 event, to be held in Las Vegas on May 23.
The event, which will feature title matches at both middleweight and light heavyweight, was widely considered to be the UFC’s most stacked card of 2015.
But with its headliner, former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, suspended and stripped of his title due to violations of the UFC’s code of conduct, some have felt it has lost a bit of luster.
Jones’ originally scheduled challenger Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (seen above right in a bout against Phil Davis last year), who will now face fellow contender Daniel Cormier for the belt, was asked about the turn of events by Kel Dansby of BlackSportsOnline — and even he expressed mixed feelings.
Are you disappointed? Dansby asked.
“Yeah, and no,” said Johnson. “Jon Jones is still the best pound for pound fighter in the world at our weight class. Everybody in our weight class wants to say, ‘I competed against the best, and I beat the champ.’ That’s the part that’s disappointing, because he’s not around right now.”
“The part that is not disappointing is, I get to fight another elite athlete,” he continued. “A guy who, in my opinion, is actually a tougher fight for me. DC (Cormier) is a grinder. He brings it. This is a good thing for everybody at the end of the day. Two guys who are hungry to get the belt. That’s what it’s about.”
The full audio of the media conference call, which also includes UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman and challenger Vitor Belfort, is below — courtesy of Submission Radio: