Daniel Cormier has overcome enormous personal hardship, represented his country in the Olympics as captain of the US wrestling team, is one of the faces and voices of the UFC through his color commentary and co-hosting of UFC Tonight, and is widely described as a nice, good person. Jon Jones is a poster child for self-destruction, at one point driving a rental into a pregnant woman, breaking her arm, and then running away, only to return to stuff cash into his shorts, and then run away again. Yet at the UFC Unstoppable press conference, the fans booed Cormier and cheered Jones. That bothered ‘DC’.
Cormier was again booed at UFC 210 where he defeated Anthony Johnson. But now it doesn’t bother him. During a recent appearance on Edge and Christian’ Podcast of Awesomeness, Cormier explained why.
“Lately I’ve been having to do a little more talking because the fans have, they’ve kind of turned on me – which is okay,” said Cormier, as transcribed by Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting. “I get it. It’s okay. But I kind of relate myself to Roman Reigns, John Cena, those types of guys. Guys that are supposed to be good guys but the fans just have something that they don’t like, something that doesn’t resonate with them. So I’ve kind of been having to talk a little bit more and it’s refreshing.”
“People don’t want to be told, ‘I’m good so you should cheer for me.’ Jon Jones is a guy that has made a lot of mistakes, so maybe people relate to him more. They go, ‘Forget this Daniel Cormier goody two-shoes, him and his kids and his family. I want the guy that does coke and parties and crashes cars. That’s the guy I want.’
“Maybe I’m not cool enough because I go to work, I fight, when I’m not fighting I go back and I go to my kids’ soccer and baseball games. That’s what I do. I go to wrestling. I’m not out partying. I’m not out doing all kinds of crazy stuff. Maybe I’m just too boring but I’m fine with it. I like my life.”
A rematch is planned between Cormier and Jones at UFC 214 on July 29, 2017 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
“It sounds good,” said ‘DC’. “Jon and I have been scheduled to fight five times and we’ve fought once. I hope that everything gets done and we get to fight in Anaheim because he’s my white whale. He’s that guy I have to go chase down, I have to get it done. So me and my legacy, for my sanity, for me as a competitor, I have to stand across the octagon from Jon Jones again and win this time.”