As Daniel Cormier is preparing to face Stipe Miocic for the chance to become only the second man in history to hold two titles simultaneously, the conversation surrounding Cormier has turned towards where he ranks among the all-time greats. Some, the UFC included, are even asking the question, if Cormier beats Miocic, does that make him the Greatest Fighter of All Time? A familiar foe thinks not.
Yesterday when the UFC asked that very question on their Twitter account, Cormier rival and former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones responded derisively, implying that the question was absurd and asking where he would rank if Cormier was the GOAT.
Jones is the only man to ever defeat Cormier, winning a unanimous decision over “DC” at UFC 182. He also knocked Cormier out in their rematch at UFC 214 but that decision was later overturned when Jones tested positive for an anabolic steroid. It was Jones’s second failed USADA test, having previously tested positive for clomiphene and letrozole ahead of his scheduled rematch with Cormier at UFC 200. For many, Jones’ repeated issues with USADA have put a black mark on his candidacy for GOAT status, opening the door for Cormier to make a case for himself.
All in all, Jones seems fired up by the fact that a man he seems to have the number of is now being considered as possibly the greatest to ever do it.
Jones is currently waiting for a decision to come down from USADA for his failed drug test in relation to UFC 214. He is facing a four-year suspension as a second-time offender.