The public banter has already begun between UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and nemesis Jon Jones after “DC” blasted “Bones” for past steroid use earlier this week. Cormier and Jones absolutely hate one another, but the 205-pound king recently acknowledged that he and Jones are the best fighters to ever compete in the UFC’s light heavyweight division. In fact, Cormier took direct aim at two of the more legendary fighters in UFC history.
“Let’s forget about the old guys,” said Cormier during a recent appearance on FOX Sports’ The Herd. “The old guys were good, they were great. (But) you’re watching the two best fighters in the light heavyweight division’s history because nobody in the past can beat Jon or I. So you’re watching the two best.”
“It’s the same with basketball and everything,” added Cormier. “We’ve got to let go of our childhood and understand that people can be better. And Jon and I are better than the Chuck Liddells and the Tito Ortizes have ever been. We’re more skilled, the game changes. And I watch you every morning make this case for LeBron James. LeBron James is a better basketball player than Michael Jordan.”
Nobody would dare dispute the fact that Jones is the best light heavyweight in UFC history, but the argument can be made that Liddell still edges Cormier out for the No. 2 spot. After all, Liddell had four consecutive title defenses to Cormier’s two, and holds the record for most knockouts in UFC light heavyweight history with 10.
As for Ortiz, despite his dominance atop the division and five-straight title defenses, his two knockout losses to “The Iceman” inside of the Octagon put him just a nose hair behind the others.
Cormier vs. Jones II will go down at UFC 214 on July 29 from inside Honda Center in Anaheim, California. If Jones can get past “DC” in a more dominant fashion than he did at UFC 182 he’ll further solidify his legacy as the best light heavyweight ever.
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