Daniel Cormier Urges Fans to Show Compassion for Rival Jon Jones

By Tristen Critchfield Sep 15, 2017


Now that he is newly reinstated as light heavyweight champion, it would be easy for Daniel Cormier to gloat.

Instead, “DC” is urging fans to show compassion for rival Jon Jones, who has been stripped of the 205-pound belt and is facing a lengthy suspension after testing positive for the steroid Turinabol at UFC 214.

“Life can be such a roller coaster. I think sometimes you have to just take a moment and breathe it in. You never know what's gonna come your way. You try and handle it the best way you can,” Cormier wrote on Instagram. “One thing that has been amazing is the support from you the fans. I have never felt so much love. It's crazy because this all happened when I lost. Guys now I call upon you to take a breath, lay off of Jones. Let him and his team figure out what's going on and what happened.”

Jones briefly regained the light heavyweight strap with a third-round technical knockout of Cormier on July 29, but that result was recently changed to a no contest by the California State Athletic Commission. The Jackson-Wink MMA representative could be facing a four-year suspension for his second failed drug test. Cormier, who also lost to Jones via decision at UFC 182, was emotional following both defeats.

Although Jones didn’t have much positive to say about Cormier leading up to their rematch, he was gracious in the aftermath of his victory and seemed willing to bury the hatchet. Now, Cormier is showing empathy for Jones’ situation.

“I was down and some may have kicked me but the majority of you showed compassion and love. After the fight Jones showed compassion, regardless of what has happened as humans we must show compassion,” Cormier wrote. “Jon is not on this ride alone, remember this man has a family. Let's respect that. You don't show [your] support for me by hurting others. Again I thank you for [your] unbelievable support and I trust that you guys will come [through] again.”

Life can be such a roller coaster. I think sometimes you have to just take a moment and breathe it in. You never know what's gonna come your way. You try and handle it the best way you can. One thing that has been amazing is the support from you the fans. I have never felt so much love. It's crazy because this all happened when I lost. Guys now I call upon you to take a breathe, lay off of Jones. Let him and his team figure out what's going on and what happened. I was down and some may have kicked me but the majority of you showed compassion and love. After the fight Jones showed compassion, regardless of what has happened as humans we must show compassion. Jon is not on this ride alone, remember this man has a family. Let's respect that. You don't show ur support for me by hurting others. Again I thank you for ur unbelievable support and I trust that you guys will come thru again. DC @layziethesavage

A post shared by Daniel "DC" Cormier (@dc_mma) on Sep 15, 2017 at 12:07pm PDT

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