Despite coming up short twice against Jon Jones in the light heavyweight bout, UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier believes he has already done enough to cement his legacy as one of the greatest fighters of all time.
DC doesn't seem to be interested in his trilogy fight against his fierce rival and thinks he has nothing to prove against Bones while the fans are eagerly waiting for the two champions fight for the heavyweight title to see to tops the other.
“When it comes to Jones, I know now with all that I’ve accomplished, I don’t need that fight. I’ll be fine regardless but it will be something we revisit, me and my team, my management and everybody else and we’ll see if it’s something we want to do. Ultimately it will be my decision."
Cormier said in a recent interview with MMA Fighting's Damon Martin.
Cormier also explained that he’s no longer desperate to defeat Jones and feels he’s carved his own legacy in mixed martial arts.
“Things are different. I feel like Jones is competing so many times because he has to try and regain the faith of the fans, but also retake his place in the sport and I did that. My place is secure with no question marks, no issues in regards in what I’ve done. It would ultimately be up to me to see what I want to do.”
“I think at this point in my career and my life, if you ask me these questions three years ago in 2015 after I lost to him the first time, I’d get all kinds of fired up about everything Jon Jones. Now I’m at a different time in my life. Maybe I’ve lost faith in the honor of the sport because I feel that if we fight again, at the end of it win or lose, something extra will always be tied to it and I’m not talking about past interactions.
“I’m talking even after this next one, something will happen and it will just ruin it. Even after our last fight, I was ready to move on. Like OK, you got me and look what happened. I guess I just lost faith in everything.”
Cormier is currently preparing for the title defense match against the former heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic in the UFC 241 main event on August 17 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.