Daniel Cormier Buries Hatchet-Makes a Statement on Jon Jones G.O.A.T Status

Published 03/08/2021, 10:48 PM EST


Jan Blachowicz defeated Israel Adesanya at UFC 259 and secured his first successful title defense after demolishing Dominick Reyes for the strap. While it was an awesome performance from the Polish champion, former Light Heavyweight king Daniel Cormier believes Blachowicz is still not the best light-heavyweight in the world, considering that he is yet to beat Jon Jones.

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Jones and Cormier have had their issues during their stint in the 205 lbs division of the UFC. The duo fought twice, at UFC 182 and UFC 214. Jones was triumphant on both occasions. However, their second fight was ruled out as a no-contest after ‘Bones’ failed a drug test.

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Despite Adesanya’s valiant effort at UFC 259, Blachowicz showed he can keep up with the striking wizard’s stand-up game. And once the fight went to the ground, Blachowicz was way superior to the middleweight champion.

Fans and experts across the globe lauded his performance against Adesanya. Many believed that he is currently the best light-heavyweight in the world. However, DC thinks that’s not yet the case.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: Jan Blachowicz of Poland celebrates after his victory over Israel Adesanya of Nigeria in their UFC light heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 259 event at UFC APEX on March 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Blachowicz became champion after ‘Bones’ relinquished his title to get ready for a move up to the heavyweight division of the UFC. Needless to say, the title fell vacant after Jones’ sudden departure.

Blachowicz then defeated Dominick Reyes at UFC 253 to take home the vacant belt. And now, at UFC 259, he defeated one of the best pound-for-pound fighters and formerly undefeated Adesanya.

Blachowicz had a significant size advantage over ‘Stylebender‘, and he exploited that as much as he could. However, his technical game was also quite beautiful to watch.

Is Daniel Cormier right in his claim about Jon Jones?

Critics bring up many outside the Octagon issues while talking about Jones in the G.O.A.T debate. But there is one thing even his biggest haters can’t dismiss; he is exceptional inside the Octagon. The former champion has conquered the 205 lbs division of the UFC for over a decade.

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INGLEWOOD, CA – DECEMBER 29: Jon Jones enters the Octagon prior to his light heavyweight bout against Alexander Gustafsson of Sweden during the UFC 232 event inside The Forum on December 29, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

He has fought the best fighters from different generations and defeated them all. ‘Bones‘ has established his supremacy over the light-heavyweight division like nobody else in the history of the sport. So, Cormier has made a very fair assessment of his former rival here.

Is Jon ‘Bones’ Jones the G.O.A.T? Let us know your thoughts.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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