On Saturday night, Daniel Cormier was knocked out in the main event of UFC 241, and he lost his UFC Heavyweight Championship in the process. Cormier’s longtime rival Jon Jones wasted no time pouring salt in his old foe’s wounds:
Jones and Cormier have had a nasty rivalry for years. Jones has defeated Cormier twice, even though the second win (a stoppage) was turned into a no contest when the former tested positive for a banned substance.
Even when the two men aren’t fighting in the Octagon, they always seem to be taking shots at each other. Because of the nature of their relationship, you knew Jones would have something to say after Cormier’s defeat.
Prior to Miocic’s fourth-round KO win over Cormier, Jones had been the only man to score a win over the former Olympian. With the victory, Miocic would seemingly have solidified himself as the greatest heavyweight in UFC history.
His previous loss to Cormier is now avenged, and it is impossible to poke holes in his legacy at this point. Perhaps one day we will see a battle between Miocic and Jones at heavyweight. The trilogy that many were hoping for between Jones and Cormier is now completely unnecessary.
Cormier was listed as the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC coming into UFC 241. That will undoubtedly change after Saturday night’s results. Jones was No. 2, and he will presumably move up a spot. Miocic was 11th, and it will be interesting to see how high he rises on the list.
Whether you agree with Jones’ post-fight tweets, he was right about his assessment of the card. It was one of the best shows of the year. You can see all of the results here.