At 36, UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier can't wait for Jon Jones forever.
With Jones suspended and stripped of his title, Cormier has kept busy making sure he's first in line when Jones returns.
Speaking with UFC commentators Jon Anik and Kenny Florian, Cormier says he'll be ready to redeem himself following his first career loss to Jones at UFC 182 in January.
"I've said it before the [Gustafsson] fight. Everyone up here, me, Rashad Evans, Ryan Bader, Alexander Gustafsson, we're fighting each other and we're preparing but everybody wants that fight," Cormier said of Jones. "Make no mistake about it. It's a sweepstakes to see who gets that fight against Jones. I just want it to be me. I've long said that Jones is the guy that can really compete with me in this weight class. Obviously, he beat me.
"I think I'm as good if not better than everyone else. I feel like I'm good enough to beat Jones. I want to be regarded as the best guy in the world and I want to beat the best guy in the world. When he gets back I want to be the guy standing across the Octagon from him. Jan. 3 settled nothing for me. I knew that was only the beginning. That was the appetizer."
Cormier doesn't have any idea when a rematch with Jones could be booked, but now says he'd be open to face the former champ on his home turf in New York. The UFC has booked New York City's famed Madison Square Garden for an Apr. 23 event, likely to be UFC 198.
Cormier had previously said he had no intention of letting Jones "fight where he was comfortable" and that he wanted the former champ to "hear the anger for the actions he did."
"New York City happens in April. Yup, let's do it. If not, let's do it at UFC 200. Let's blow that s**t right up."
If he should lose to Jones a second time, Cormier hints he may decide to hang up the gloves.
Admitting that he does worry about his legacy, Cormier says he won't be sticking around past his expiration date.
"Let's say the wheels start to fall off and I lose or I lose twice," said Cormier. "I'll probably be done. My resume, my career and my legacy in this sport means more to me then collecting some checks. I'm going to do it until I'm not competitive and when I'm not competitive and not winning at the level that I'm winning now, I'll walk away. Yes, legacy does matter to me and I want to leave a good one in MMA."
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Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Yo Jo.
GSP on Nick Diaz suspension, Hendricks missing weight...
GSP was interviewed today by Quebec's RDS network (similar to TSN) in Montreal. Since the interview was in french, it doesn't seem to have been reported in american MMA media.
For those interested, here's a translation of his comments on both questions.
When asked about his thoughts on Nick Diaz as a person and on the latter's 5 years suspension:
"Nick is a very charismatic guy, he gets a lot of media attention. A lot of things were said before our fight but it was purely on a sporting level, I don't hate him, I never took it personally."
"Personally, I think 5 years is a lot, especially if you compare his case to Anderson Silva or other athletes who got caught cheating and received a lighter suspension. I think they wanted to use him as an example because of how colourful he is and of the attention he gets. They wanted to create a precedent similar to what has been done in Olympic sports with Marion Jones for example. Unfortunately, it happened to fall on him, but I think everyone is entitled to a second chance."
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