The end result of that fight came by submission finish that crowned Cormier as the new champ. Cormier isn't the biggest fan of Jones and prior to the fight made some interesting remarks regarding Jones. "Why would I go into another sport that is the same thing as this and you take all this impact and stuff?"
"I gave my commitment to another job, something that I've been wanting to do for a while". Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is prepared to break his nine-month silence on Friday, April 7, 2017.
With tears in his eyes, Johnson announced his retirement inside the octagon, saying "it's time for me to do something else". He said Jones would not dictate the timing of his next title defense and that he is willing to fight another light heavyweight contender, Jimi Manuwa, if the Jones rematch isn't booked next for some reason.
"I want to do something different than going to the gym everyday and punching and kicking and rolling around with another dude", he said at the post-fight press conference, hinting that he has a lucrative business deal in the works.
Still, Cormier - who wasn't too thrilled with Jon's presence in NY - knows a do-over against "Bones" is likely next once the Jones completes his one-year suspension for a failed drug test in a matter of months.
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He only got eight shots in the first game and only 13 in the second game, but he's a special talent and deserves to have more. Not moving any of their picks or young players at the deadline was a reasonable decision, and at the time a defensible one.
Cormier (18-1) is the champion coming into the bout and looking to defend his title for the second time.
Johnson had nothing left to stop Cormier sinking the rear-naked choke and had to tap out at 3:37 minutes in the second round. For now, however, the wrestler is focused on the Johnson fight so Jones is a "non-factor".
"It's just business, you know". But this time, Cormier reversed position and used a trip to put his foe on the mat.
"He better not come in my cage after I win".
Many observers noticed Cormier's hands were on top of an outstretched towel during his second attempt, which could offset weight. I don't feel that I should let this young man have so much control over me and my legacy. So, I went out there and did my thing, and whatever happened was going to happen, so I wasn't really anxious about anything.