Jon Jones Says He Doesn't Need to Fight Daniel Cormier Again to Help Legacy

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistOctober 5, 2018

ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 29:  (L-R) Jon Jones punches Daniel Cormier in their UFC light heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 214 event inside the Honda Center on July 29, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Jon "Bones" Jones doesn't care what anybody on the outside thinks—he lets his resume speak for itself.

Having beaten Daniel Cormier twice (although one result was later changed to a no contest), Jones doesn't believe he needs another fight against the light heavyweight and heavyweight champ to cement his legacy. In fact, he believes it's the other way around.

Jones told ESPN's Ariel Helwani:

"I already have all the marbles when it comes to Daniel Cormier. I've beaten him twice. This game has never been personal. What is personal to me is chasing greatness, not individuals. So in the case of myself and Daniel Cormier, he needs to fight myself one more time if he ever wants to be considered one of the all-time greats. I don't need to fight him again to be considered one of the all-time greats. I have many more years to prove it."

Cormier has a career record of 21-1-0 with one no contest. That one official loss? A January 2015 unanimous decision to Jones at UFC 182.

The two met again at UFC 214 in July 2017, with Jones (22-1-0) once coming out on top via knockout. However, Jones was stripped of the victory and of the light heavyweight title after failing a drug test leading up to UFC 214.

Jones was given a 15-month suspension by the United States Anti-Doping Agency last month retroactive to July 2017. The ban wraps up Oct. 28, making him eligible for UFC 230 on Nov. 3.

Cormier recently raised eyebrows by calling Bones a "cheater and a snitch" on Instagram. In response, Jones made it clear to Helwani that he isn't interested in a rematch and thinks Cormier is just salty he got knocked out:

"I think this is just another way for him to blame something for him getting knocked out in our last fight. At the end of the day, the way it was described to me, the amount of steroids that were found in my body was the equivalent of throwing a pinch of salt in an Olympic-size swimming pool. There was so little of it in my body, there's no scientific way possible that this could have affected my performance. There's no reason for him to be mad at USADA. USADA didn't get him knocked out."

While many fans would love to see Jones and Cormier go at it a third time, it appears the only shots they may be taking at each other will come on social media.

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