Based on the UFC’s standards of measure, Daniel “DC” Cormier is the undisputed light heavyweight champion.
Based on plenty of opinions, he’s merely the man holding the fort down while former UFC 205-pound king Jon Jones weaves his way through legal proceedings regarding an alleged hit-and-run situation in April. Those opinions are not only based upon the fact that Jones was never defeated for his title, but also considering Jones also defeated the division’s current champion in January.
Cormier isn’t blind to the criticisms, though. He has vivid images of the events that occurred during the main event at UFC 182 — a five-round affair that saw him fall short of becoming Jones’ superior.
About four months since becoming Jones’ successor, Cormier admits he “couldn’t really give a s–t about Jon Jones” — a sentiment he shared during the UFC 192 media conference call.
Still, he’s eager to watch the former champion return to the cage; but only so he finds himself with a second opportunity to prove himself the better man.
“Every guy on this call, myself, [Alexander] Gustafsson, Rashad Evans, Jon Jones, everyone wants this fight. It’s not just me. I’m the one asked about it more because I have the championship,” Cormier said. “But I think everyone should want him to come back and have the opportunity to compete.”
Cormier defends his title for the first time when facing former title challenger Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 192 on Oct. 3 at the Toyota Center Houston.