Cormier admits long-term rival Jones is 'one of the all-time greats'

‘It’s impossible to discredit him!’: Daniel Cormier admits long-term UFC rival Jon Jones is ‘one of the all-time greats’, ahead of the American’s heavyweight title fight in Las Vegas… but reminds ‘Bones’ that he won’t achieve double champion status

  • Daniel Cormier wrote a lengthy essay for his long-term UFC rival Jon Jones
  • Jones is preparing to make his heavyweight debut in a title fight with Ciryl Gane 
  • Cormier admitted that his ‘arch-enemy’ is ‘one of the all-time greats in MMA’ 

UFC legend Daniel Cormier has admitted that his long-term rival Jon Jones ‘is one of the all-time greats’, in a lengthy essay ahead of UFC 285. 

Jones is preparing to make his return to the octagon following a three-year hiatus as he takes on France’s Ciryl Gane in a bout for the vacant heavyweight title.  

And, ahead of the fight, Cormier has put their rivalry aside to shower praise on ‘Bones’ but made sure to remind him that he’ll never achieve double champion status.

In a post on Twitter, Cormier’s essay said: ‘I’m Daniel Cormier, UFC Hall of Famer, and I hate Jon Jones. Or, I hated Jon Jones. 

‘I fought Jones twice and I don’t care what the records say – I lost twice. But the past is the past, right? 

UFC legend Daniel Cormier has written an essay praising his long-term rival Jon Jones

Jones (left) is preparing to take on Ciryl Gane in a bout for the vacant UFC heavyweight title

‘Some things should be forgotten, forgiven, moved on from. But your boy DC may forgive but he never forgets. 

‘But even me, the man’s arch-enemy, even I can’t deny the accomplishments that make him one of the all-time greats in MMA. 

‘So, you can love him or you can hate him but it’s impossible to discredit what Jones has done in the UFC. As much as I want to, I can’t even deny it. 

‘And even though he’s making his return to get the only belt that I had that he didn’t hold… remember, it’s not simultaneous.’

Jones emerged triumphant over long-term rival Cormier when the two faced off in a bout for the light heavyweight title in 2017 before the victory was overturned due to the positive drugs test result. 

Cormier retained the light heavyweight title before claiming the heavyweight title a year later, after victory over Stipe Miocic, and became the second fighter in history to become a champion of two weight divisions.

‘Jones is eyeing yet another accomplishment that will make it nearly impossible to deny his greatness. Just like everybody else, we’re excited to see what Jon Jones shows up,’ Cormier finished.

Cormier poked fun at Jones for not being able to achieve a double champion status like he did

Jones won via KO against Cormier when they fought in 2020 before the result was overturned

Jones hasn’t stepped foot inside the octagon since his unanimous decision victory over Dominick Reyes in February 2020 but is preparing to return to the UFC for the huge clash on Saturday night. 

The American will make a step up in weight division for the bout, moving from light heavyweight to heavyweight, and has undergone a pretty serious body transformation in order to do so. 

Pictures of the new jacked-up Jones began circulating social media last night after official snaps from the UFC’s pre-fight photo shoot were released.

The 35-year-old has ditched his toned torso for the highly-anticipated clash with Gane and looks considerably larger than he did for his last outing against Reyes.

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