Jon Jones returned to the Octagon on Saturday after a 2-year hiatus to reclaim his UFC light heavyweight championship. Jones (23-1) landed a brutal head kick in Round 3 and followed it with a vicious ground and pound to finish in the main event of UFC 214 in Anaheim, California.
“I made it back man, such a beautiful moment,” Jones said. “I did a lot of right things to get back in this position. Anybody at home who let themselves down, let their family down, let their co-workers down — it’s never over. As long as you never quit, it’s never over. Oh yes!”
A still confused and possibly concussed Cormier, who didn’t appear to know he had been knocked out pushed McCarthy as the referee went to grab his arm during Bruce Buffer’s announcement of Jones as the winner.
“It is over. I want to take this time to thank Daniel Cormier for being my biggest rival and motivator,” Jones said. “Daniel Cormier, guys, he has absolutely no reason to hang his head. He has been a model champion, a model husband, a model father, teammate and leader. And I aspire to be a lot more like that man because he’s an amazing human being. Unfortunately, we are opponents but he is a true champion for the rest of his life.”
A reluctant Joe Rogan who previously stated he did not like subjecting fighters to interviews after they had been knocked out, gave the former champion a chance to speak.
“I don’t know man, I thought the fight was going well. I don’t even know what happened,” Cormier said. “They say I got kicked in the head? Oh man, that’s so disappointing.
“I guess if he wins both fights there is no rivalry so I don’t know.”
Jones, then cemented his interest in moving up to heavyweight to face former champion Brock Lesnar, by calling out the current WWE star after the fight before dropping the microphone to the ground.
“Brock Lesnar, if you want to know what it feels like to get your ass kicked by a guy who weighs 40 pounds less than you, meet me in the Octagon,” Jones said.
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