While the whole world believes Jon Jones is the greatest of all time, Daniel Cormier thinks the opposite; he does not see Jon Jones worthy enough to win the 2023 ESPY award for the best MMA fighter. His opinion can be considered as biased since he had moments of animosity with Jon Jones, but Cormier backs his statement with logical reasoning.
ESPN’s 31st annual award show is scheduled to take place on the 12th of July. Jon Jones is expected to fight Stipe Miocic once before he calls it quits from the sport forever; we can expect him to return before the year ends.
Jones fought once in 2023 against Ciryl Gane for the vacant belt and absolutely embarrassed Gane to claim the prestigious UFC heavyweight belt.
Daniel Cormier’s thoughts on Jon Jones
Recently Daniel Cormier spoke about Jon Jones and explained why he shouldn’t be announced as The best MMA fighter for the 2023 ESPY award.
“I just don’t know if one fight in the year against Ciryl Gane puts you in that position,” Cormier said, as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com. “And that’s no knock on Ciryl. It was just one fight.
You gotta think of the storylines that follow these other athletes. From Makhachev beating ‘Do Bronx’ (Oliveira) to win the belt, from Makhachev beating Alexander Volkanovski…”. Cormier further said: “Then you look at Amanda losing her belt to Julianna (Peña) and then winning it back.
Then Leon Edwards doing what he did. Jon Jones is in there because Jon Jones is the biggest star. He’s the biggest star that’s holding a championship right now outside of Israel Adesanya. That’s why he’s in there.
What’s crazy about it is, he might win it because of him being the biggest star of the people in there”. “I think Jones needed one more performance to find himself in the running for an ESPY, the storyline just doesn’t add up”.