In primarily the most novel encourage-and-forth alternate between the longtime competitors, Cormier and Jones have stumbled on themselves arguing about their reputations with the UFC and their respective legacies. Cormier urged that Jones was once a “putrid worker” after a fresh unsealing of court paperwork revealed a series of 2014 text messages between extinct UFC Chairman Lorenzo Fertitta and future UFC CEO Dana White whereby they’d unkind words for Jones. At varied points, they consult with Jones as a “scumbag,” a “punk,” and a “douche.”
Jones fired encourage at Cormier, calling him “bitter” due to the Jones beating him twice (the second catch was once overturned to a no-contest when Jones failed a drug take a look at) throughout their careers. Cormier answered to Jones on his podcast, pronouncing that he wasn’t primarily talking about Jones in utter, however despite the incontrovertible truth that he was once, it had nothing to salvage with any personal crimson meat.
“You know what the craziest direct to me is set this entire situation with Jones?” Cormier mentioned. “If I could maybe perchance explain 100 things about him positively, he hangs on to the negative things. But I wasn’t talking about him directly. I was once talking about in enterprise, it’s likely you’ll maybe perchance maybe have workers for your agencies, most regularly things go sideways with the employees and you explain putrid things. Any individual’s being a putrid worker, you explain putrid things. That was once my argument.
“Then I salvage limitless notifications that Jones mentioned, ‘By no intention let a ‘putrid worker’ beat you up and think the entirety from you twice. It’ll go away you bitter for a extraordinarily very long time evidently.’ Guys, despite the incontrovertible truth that he acquired both fights, in that moment, it doesn’t change what I could maybe maybe explain. I’m paid to salvage a job, I’m paid to chat and think a explore at to construct sense or give you guys the inner look as to what’s going on in combined martial arts. Although he acquired both fights, it doesn’t change what took explain with the fight with Dan Henderson. It doesn’t change the stuff that took explain at UFC 200. It doesn’t change all these explanation why Dana went off.”
Cormier extra argued that feuding with Jones could maybe perchance be pointless since there could maybe perchance simply furthermore be no payoff to any competition. The two previously met in a pair of excessive-profile gentle heavyweight championship fights at UFC 182 and UFC 214.
Whereas Cormier retired in 2020, Jones remains an active competitor and for the time being holds the UFC’s heavyweight title. That’s a imprint for Cormier that despite any complications that Jones could maybe perchance give the UFC—Jones has had a quantity of outside-of-the-cage moral considerations—his in-cage efficiency trumps all.
“I furthermore mentioned a ton of good things about him,” Cormier mentioned. “I furthermore mentioned that whereas he did all this stuff, the UFC couldn’t come up with the money for to salvage rid of him because he’s too precious. He’s too valuable. So whereas although at cases there could maybe perchance simply furthermore be bitterness, there could maybe perchance simply furthermore be enrage, there could maybe perchance simply furthermore be all this stuff, he’s constantly going to be safe because he’s so valuable. Where was once the response to that?”
Outdoors of no longer having the skill to beat Jones, Cormier has runt to regret about his maintain profession. He acquired UFC titles at gentle heavyweight and heavyweight, holds significant wins over Stipe Miocic, Anderson Silva, Anthony Johnson, Frank Mir, Dan Henderson, and Alexander Gustafsson, and is a staple of the UFC’s pay-per-look broadcast group.
Cormier doesn’t even begrudge Jones failing drug checks as he’s assured that he’s faced a few opponents who had been the use of efficiency-enhancing drugs.
“I never mentioned that he’s a putrid worker forever,” Cormier mentioned. “I mentioned in these moments it was once potentially putrid. But then he responds in a technique enjoy I’m bitter.
“I’m no longer bitter. I am superb-looking out with the entirety. I’m superb-looking out with the entirety. I’m the actual person that says, ‘Sure, you acquired the fight,’ because I don’t mediate he’s the most sensible person in my existence that I fought that was once on steroids. I don’t imagine it. There’s potentially a ton of guys that I fought over the course of my profession that did steroids. I appropriate didn’t beat him, I couldn’t beat him. Irrespective of what he was once doing, I couldn’t beat him. That’s my actuality and I’m OK with that.”