Daniel Cormier Says He Was Ready to Fight Jon Jones With A Bad Knee
Posted by Joseph Lee on 08.12.2014
He wished Jones would have stayed in the fight...
In an interview with FOX Sports 1's America's Pregame (Via MMA Junkie), Daniel Cormier said that his knee injury was worse than previously reported and he was still ready to fight Jon Jones at UFC 178. However, he doesn't think that Jones is ducking the fight.
On being injured before the fight: "I would be outside of myself to not say I went into this fight knowing my knee was pretty jacked up, and I was going to fight through it to get a title."
On the advantage of the fight being moved to UFC 182 on January 3: "I'll get a full training camp now. When I heard Jon was hurt, now him and Gustafssson are on the same schedule in order to be healthy. So my first question was, ‘I don't have to go behind Gustafsson again now, right?' And I was assured that it's going to be me in January. He's not going to take my place again."
On if Jones is ducking a fight: "I said from the beginning that Jon Jones isn't afraid of anyone. But if I can go in there with a partially torn ACL, I think he should have fought; tough it up and fight. I don't know the extent of his injuries, and if it's really bad, I'll take it back. But on the surface, I heard he hurt himself. But people hear ACL, they think you're out for a year. I've been hurt, and I've been training. I wish he would have just fought. I'm saying tough it out sometimes. Sometimes you've got to go in there and tough it out and just fight."