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Speaking to MMA Fighting on Monday, DC, who retired in August after losing a rematch against Stipe Miocic at UFC 252, explained why Jones couldn't be considered UFC's greatest ever, saying, "One of the most talented guys you'll ever meet but again for me bad [drug] tests eliminate you from the conversation.
"I just cannot understand how that is so hard to comprehend in a sport where we're fighting each other. In baseball, bad tests eliminate you from being considered and being in the Hall of Fame and you're hitting a ball. You're hitting an object that has no feeling. In fighting, you're punching people, human beings, and you have bad tests that eliminates you. It's just too dangerous.
"So I think when you start to think about the greatest of all time for all the things and all the great victories, you can't look at those, me personally being a guy that those fights did really long term damage to my career, it's hard for me to say [Jon Jones] is the greatest of all time when every time we fought, there was some sort of issue. That for me, it just kind of changes the conversation."
Clearly that hit a nerve for former light heavyweight champion Jones, who gave up the title earlier this year and wants to move up to heavyweight.
Bones, who twice beat Cormier, although one result was overturned for a failed drugs test, took to Twitter with a bit of a tirade to question his rivals opinion, claiming the fact the 41-year-old retired after his loss to Miocic lessened the validity of his opinion and refuting the failed drugs tests.
With USADA you are guilty until proven innocent unless you are the goat. When you've been winning this damn long, you remain guilty, it helps people sleep at night- BONY (@JonnyBones) November 16, 2020
People will remember I was accused of steroids, they will also remember that I was proven innocent and able to continue with my career. #Facts- BONY (@JonnyBones) November 16, 2020
DC you lost your last fight and then quit the sport :joy: Talk about being eliminated from the conversation- BONY (@JonnyBones) November 16, 2020
Naysayers will always try to discourage you from having something they can't have. DC is a standup guy but he will never be considered one of the best at anything. https://t.co/rRg9N0h3RM- BONY (@JonnyBones) November 17, 2020
A man who fell short now sits back and talks about what I can't do, hilarious- BONY (@JonnyBones) November 17, 2020
I've lost many times throughout life, but the fierce competitor in me won't let me go out with an L. Honestly that's what I will remember most about DC. quitting on his fans, the sport, his legacy with an L. https://t.co/lYHncBU6TT- BONY (@JonnyBones) November 17, 2020
No, Anderson fought back from a gruesome leg injury. Success defeated DC.. The man would rather have Popeyes chicken. Remaining at a high-level is not for everyone https://t.co/9Jbfac5jrm- BONY (@JonnyBones) November 17, 2020
Getting back up after being knocked down is a very hard thing to do. It's easy to quit and just talk from the sidelines. DC has absolutely no leverage to talk about who is going to be a goat or not #facts- BONY (@JonnyBones) November 17, 2020
Cormier beat Miocic for the heavyweight title in July 2018 and was successful in defending it against Derrick Lewis later that year.
He gave Miocic the chance to win the title back in August 2019, with the former champ winning the title back with a fourth round stoppage.
DC only wanted a deciding fight with Miocic as his final fight and was always ready to walk away no matter the result. He lost a unanimous decision to his fellow American and then called it a day.
Jones, who wasn't happy with Khabib Nurmagomedov replacing him as the pound-for-pound number one recently, now wants to fight Miocic for the belt.
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