Jon Jones breaks silence after Daniel Cormier triumph, says life is 'journey and not a race'


It seemed certain former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones would have something to say about his longtime rival Daniel Cormier’s triumph at UFC 226. And sooner rather than later.

Jones (22-1 MMA, 16-1 UFC), finally spoke up Monday, but it wasn’t to praise or bash Cormier (21-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC), who got the opportunity he was supposed to get before another positive drug test upended his career.

Instead, Jones put his future in the hands of his faith (via Twitter).

Just keep in mind that life is a journey and not a race. If it’s in Gods will for me to still be here and healthy, please believe that they’ll be many more fights to come. Let’s not forget I’m still the youngest guy in the top 5 at HW & LHW @UniqueMazique 🙂🤙🏾

Exactly how Jones, 30, calculated his ranking in the heavyweight division is unclear. Plus, there are two fighters younger than him in both the promotional and USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA heavyweight rankings – No. 5 Curtis Blaydes is 27 and Alexander Volkov is 29.

But stats aside, Jones’ claim probably has something to do with twice beating the man who now holds the UFC title in the big-man division. Jones remains the No. 1 fighter at light heavyweight and No. 2 on the pound-for-pound list.

But until UFC anti-doping partner USADA announces a resolution to his second alleged anti-doping offense, Jones can’t do much to back up his numbers. A positive drug test for the steroid turabinol prompted the UFC to strip him of the light heavyweight title and reinstate Cormier as champion after a knockout victory one year ago at UFC 214. Cormier went on to defend the belt before announcing his conquest of the heavyweight title held by Miocic.

In the pay-per-view headliner of this past Saturday’s superfight, Miocic smothered Cormier early and landed several big punches. But Cormier closed the distance and knocked out Miocic with a right hook to claim the UFC heavyweight title. With the win, Cormier became just the second UFC fighter to hold two titles at the same time.

For now, Jones is keeping quiet about that accomplishment. Asked for his reaction by a fan, he wished the “MMM” community a good Monday.

Just how long that serenity holds is the question of the day. Cormier said he doesn’t need to fight Jones to cement his legacy before a planned retirement in March 2019. And it’s Cormier who’s fighting Brock Lesnar, the guy Jones called out after his UFC 214 win.

It’s hard to imagine Jones will stay silent for that.

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