Daniel Cormier isn’t just planning on taking the UFC light heavyweight title from Jon Jones at UFC 182 in January.
He’s already thinking about ruining “Bones” as a fighter.
During a recent interview on “UFC Tonight,” the former Olympian gave his thoughts on what a loss will do to the mystique of Jones.
“I think he falls back in the pack. He’ll get a rematch, but he’ll fall back,” Cormier said. “Once he knows he can get beat and no one is scared of him, he won’t win 10 in a row anymore. He’ll win some and he’ll lose some. He’ll go searching for answers and move to heavyweight. It’ll put doubt and questions in his head. He’ll come out a different man.
“He might need to be convinced to take the rematch. He’ll lose to me and his career will go in a tailspin. I’m looking to rid MMA of Jon Jones.”
Jones has scored wins over the likes of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Shogun Rua, Vitor Belfort, Alexander Gustafsson, Chael Sonnen and Glover Teixeira, while Cormier is unbeaten and holds victories vs. Josh Barnett, Frank Mir and Roy Nelson to his credit.
“DC” admitted that, had he won Olympic gold in wrestling, he “wouldn’t be here.”
“I look back at how things are meant to be,” he added. “I lost because I wasn’t supposed to be the champion. Those lessons were so I could learn. It all prepared me for January 3. I’m supposed to be the UFC champion. That’s why I didn’t win the Olympics.”
Many have questioned which would be bigger: competing in the Olympics or fighting for the UFC title? Cormier’s opinion on the matter has changed as the days draw closer to his first title match.
“For a long time, I thought the Olympics was it, I represented America and nothing would match that,” He said. “But as I get closer to this fight, this feels bigger. So many people are watching. And the ability to make money is life changing. It feels like this is bigger.”