Many people didn’t want to believe that Jon Jones had fallen back into his old ways, but now there’s no denying it – Bones is out, and Daniel Cormier is back in as the UFC light heavyweight champion of the world. It may be a bitter pill to swallow for some, but for most of us, it’s a case of justice being served.
There’s no way to dress this up as something nicer than it actually is because Jon himself made that virtually impossible. For weeks leading up to UFC 214, we were forced to sit and listen to him spout lies about how he was a changed man, and admittedly many of us fell for it.
We allowed ourselves to believe that arguably the greatest fighter in the history of mixed martial arts was back on the horse, and was on the road to cementing his legacy once again.
UFC strips Jon Jones of his light heavyweight title and reinstates Daniel Cormier as light heavyweight champion. https://t.co/sXt8tvmgJh
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 14, 2017
In a way, he succeeded, because his legacy has indeed been cemented – as being one of the biggest disappointments in all of sports. Ever.
This is a guy who had every god given talent in the book necessary to thrive at the highest level but instead couldn’t get out of his own way. Sure, you can say that he had no idea what he was doing, but at this stage those kind of comments are redundant.
Jon Jones is a cheater and there’s no better way to put it. We can’t make any excuses anymore or attempt to awkwardly avoid the subject matter because the B-sample came back and now we all know the truth.
It’s a shame, sure, especially because we’ll never see Jones vs Gustafsson 2 or Jones vs Lesnar – but shouldn’t we all instead choose to see this as a good thing?
After all, we all want the sport to be clean because otherwise, it’ll just turn into a joke. Plus, and this cannot be understated, we now once again have a champion who we can be proud of in the form of Daniel ‘DC’ Cormier.
Both in and outside of the octagon, this is a guy who has consistently performed at the highest level whilst simultaneously being one of the most likeable guys in all of mixed martial arts. He’s a family man, he’s a great analyst, and he’s beaten some of the best in the business – which includes the aforementioned Gustafsson in addition to Anthony Johnson.
The possibilities moving forward are still endless because there’s always a chance that DC moves up to heavyweight in order to try and become a two-weight world champion. Of course, the star power of the light heavyweight division isn’t great, but there’s enough potential in the rankings to suggest that the UFC can promote a couple of guys to the point where they become relevant.
BREAKING: Daniel Cormier says Dana White will reinstate him as UFC light heavyweight champion! Thoughts? https://t.co/Ai6eOUAh07
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) September 14, 2017
We’ll likely remember Jon Jones for being one of the biggest screw-ups of all time when this chapter is all said and done, but that isn’t a bad thing. That’s what he deserves at this stage in his career, and on the flip side, Daniel Cormier deserves to be respected and given a chance as he moves forward with the belt.