“I’m 37-years-old. I don’t have the luxury of taking time off. My career can’t wait for him. My career has to move forward. I’ve got to continue my legacy in the best way that I can… It would be devastating [if I never rematch Jones]. I would love for at some point to try and avenge that loss. But if it is not to be, it is not to be. Not everything works out the way that we want it to work out.”
-Daniel Cormier talks to the media ahead of UFC 200 about moving on after Jon Jones was pulled from the card and why he still needs that fight for himself (transcribed by BloodyElbow.com).
Penick’s Analysis: If Jones is out two years, Cormier’s going to be 39 by the time he returns. Cormier may not even fight that much longer depending on how his next few fights go, so not getting that fight back will always haunt him. It’s still possible Jones’ layoff isn’t that long, and the fight can hopefully happen in the future, but this is a massive setback for Cormier’s desired vengeance.
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