LAS VEGAS — Jon Jones who?
Daniel Cormier said Friday at UFC 226 weigh-ins that a victory over Stipe Miocic will make him the best fighter in UFC history. That spot, per Cormier, will not belong to Jones, the former UFC light heavyweight champion. “DC” clearly referenced Jones in his speech with Joe Rogan.
Cormier, 39, will challenge Miocic for the UFC heavyweight title Saturday night here at T-Mobile Arena. He’ll walk into the cage as the UFC light heavyweight champion in the true superfight.
“It means everything,” Cormier sad. “I’ve said it from Day One. When I’m done with this, I will be remembered. And I will be remembered as the greatest fighter to ever step foot in the UFC’s Octagon. No cheaters included. I will be the greatest of all time.”
Cormier is definitely already in the debate for one of the best ever, win or lose. A victory over Miocic will increase his résumé tenfold. But Cormier still has one loss — to Jones. And the last time they fought, last year at UFC 214, Jones won by third-round knockout. That result was overturned to a no contest when Jones tested positive for a steroid.
Cormier’s record going into Saturday is 20-1 with that one no contest. The Louisiana native and American Kickboxing Academy team captain has beaten the likes of Anthony Johnson, Alexander Gustafsson, Anderson Silva, Dan Henderson, Josh Barnett, Frank Mir, Roy Nelson and more.
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