UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier is already considered as one of the greatest fighters of all time and if he gets pass through the UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 226, he may very well cement himself as the greatest of all time.
However ‘DC’ feels the candidates who are already in that list in Jon Jones and Anderson Silva, who have failed multiple drug tests over the years, should not be given that status.
“Any time a guy does performance enhancing drugs and on multiple occasions, they eliminate themselves,” Cormier said during the UFC 226 media conference call on Thursday, per MMA Weekly’s Damon Martin. “So for as great as Anderson Silva was, he tested positive I think two times. Jones has tested positive two or three times. Those guys eliminate themselves.”
Jones who has defeated Cormier twice, was tested positive on many instances. Recent being after UFC 214 when he defeated Cormier for the second time. Jones was tested positive for a substance named Turinabol which overturned his victory into a No Contest. Jones was handed a four-year suspension and Cormier was reinstated as the official light heavyweight champion.
Silva on the other hand, was suspended for one year in 2015 and a possible four-year suspension after testing positive for synthetic steroids in 2017.
Cormier believes Jones and Silva will always be considered as cheats and have destroyed their legacy.
“When you start getting performance enhancers tied to your name, there’s no way around that. There’s no way around it, and I think that of all the sports, the people that pay the harshest price are the baseball players,” Cormier continued. “Because when you have negatives tied to your name, they deny you the ultimate vindication. The ultimate goal of a baseball player is to go to the Hall of Fame and these guys aren’t even getting close.
“The Mark McGwire’s, the Sammy Sosa’s, the Barry Bonds — those guys aren’t getting close because they have those bad things tied to their names. As a sport, I think MMA needs to evolve to the point that the punishment for having doing those things is your place within the sport should be challenged and should be questioned.”
Cormier further looks to add his name amongst the elite of the elites.
“I think I am. I don’t believe that anything else should be thought of. I should be in the conversation,” Cormier said.
“I want to be mentioned among the greats. The Georges St-Pierres and the Demetrious Johnsons, the guys that have done things the correct way over the course of their entire careers without that asterisk.”