Cormier disappointed but ready to fight other opponent
Jon Jones was handed a potential USADA anti-doping violation on Wednesday and was removed from his title unification rematch with Cormier as a result. D.C., the current UFC light heavyweight titleholder, was on hand at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena after UFC President Dana White and UFC Vice President of Athlete Health Jeff Novitzky revealed the news.
UFC soon organized an exclusive press conference regarding this upheaval.
“Very disappointing,” Cormier told reporters. “I worked really hard to prepare for this. You know, you take care of what you can take care of and that’s what I did. More than anything, just very disappointing.
“I’ve done everything right. I put myself in a position where I felt I could win this fight. So, to hear something like this is very sad, from a competitive standpoint and from a financial standpoint. There are a number of ways in which this is disappointing and I really don’t know exactly how to explain how I’m feeling right now.”
“Honestly I tried to make it a point that that stuff was irrelevant to me, because I was worried about the fight on Saturday night.” Cormier said. “I spent a lot of time on the build-up to the first fight dealing with emotional stuff, and out of the octagon stuff and I just, after the press conference in March I just realized that I cannot fight this battle for anyone, I have to fight it for myself. So my focus shifted. It was me, and my family, my team, and just represent the company at the best of my ability.”
“He said all the right things. Got a team to manage him, in all the areas of his life, not just inside of the octagon with his coaches, but he got a crisis management coach, so very surprising. Sometimes, I was very hard on him. But at the end of it, if he was doing better, who am I to be the moral police? I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I’ve done some things in my life that are terrible. I’ve been through a divorce because of things that I have done outside of my marriage. I’m not perfect. I’ve done a lot of negative things in my life, but I try to just improve on them as I move forward. If anybody has given me chances, obviously he deserves a chance if he’s going to do the right thing. So I’m not the moral police, I really don’t care all that much to judge him all the time.”
“I’ve trained hard and long – if anybody will fight, I will fight,” Cormier said. “Why not? But I understand the difficult task of getting someone to fight me in two days. Obviously, you know, building the fight up, build some weight, … 225, 220, I’ll fight, it doesn’t matter. I just can’t fight a really big guy right now because I’ve been shrinking my body in order to make 205.
“If it doesn’t make sense for the organization offer me, then it doesn’t make sense. We’ve always been in tune, me and the UFC, and made these decisions together. And I’m assuming that’s what we’ll do this time. But if the bosses say it doesn’t make sense, then it doesn’t make sense, I won’t do it.”
“I’ve always fought whoever the UFC has offered me to fight, so if Jones is back and the fight was defined, of course I would take it,” Cormier said. “I’m just here to fight. I’m here to fight and be an example for kids to look up to and know that regardless of your circumstances of how you start, it’s how you finish and doing the right thing and be nice to people, care about people, people care about you.
“This chapter in my life has been dragging me and dragging me, and it’s made me ugly. And it’s not me normally. You guys have seen me over the course of my career and so my behavior is obviously very different. Guess we’ll see what happens in his due process. But as of right now, I’ve got to move forward.”