It’s been fairly the week for the UFC.
A wild week for the UFC simply acquired crazier with the announcement that Daniel Cormier will probably be giving up his UFC gentle heavyweight title, in line with a special report from ESPN. This means the winner of Saturday gentle heavyweight bout between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson is not going to be battling Cormier for the title.
“Today I’m going to relinquish the UFC gentle heavyweight title,” Cormier mentioned. “I’m not going to be stripped of the belt that I’ve defended with my all for 3 and a half years. Being stripped of a title suggests you have executed one thing fallacious, and I have never.”
It’s been a tumultuous week for the UFC main as much as the Jones vs. Gustafsson combat. Jones examined constructive for a similar drug that stripped him of the title he received in opposition to Cormier again in 2017. This compelled the UFC to maneuver the combat from Las Vegas to Los Angeles.
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Cormier has acknowledged previously that he plans to retire from preventing in March when he turns 40 and that he doesn’t need to combat Jones for a 3rd time, in line with Ariel Helwani of ESPN.
In his assertion to ESPN, Cormier additionally mentioned:
“I would moderately stroll away this manner, with my head held excessive because it at all times has been, than have the historical past books say I used to be stripped. I’ve defended this title this yr. I used to be approached with the concept of preventing at heavyweight, so I took it. I fought thrice in 2018. No champion has been extra lively than me. I’m the fighter of the yr. My story and my legacy is not going to embrace me being stripped of a title. They can have it.”
Cormier’s determination will certainly make issues fascinating come Saturday when Jones and Gustafsson lastly have their rematch.