Being a champion is part of Daniel Cormier’s psyche.
The UFC light heavyweight title holder is 20-1 in the MMA world, although he has tasted defeat more than that solitary one suggests.
Jon Jones has had his hand raised twice after fighting Cormier, with one of those victories since being turned into a no-contest due to a failed drug test.
Naturally, these losses don’t sit well with Cormier.
That being said, a much lesser man would be content with being second best in the world in their weight class.
However, DC is made of much tougher stuff.
At almost forty years old, many would think that DC’s eyes would be firmly set on retirement, rather than a grudge match with the one man who has defeated him.
However, that’s not the case as DC still wants to avenge those defeats. Just this week, he told MMA Junkie that he still wants to fight Jon Jones.
He said: “I’ve lost twice and last fight I got kicked in the head, but I feel like we were having a good fight, and I feel like every fight’s been good. I feel like if we fought a third time, it would be even better. I want to fight Jon Jones. That’ll never change.”
Of course, some would argue that Cormier should focus on the task at hand. He faces Stipe Miocic later in the summer for the heavyweight strap.
If he wins that fight, DC would feature prominently in the conversation about MMA’s greatest ever fighters.
However, it seems that the one blemish on his record is something that he still has some focus on.
He added: “I thought (the door on a third Jones fight) was closed, but you asked me what I want. Is that a possibility? I’m not sure. But as a competitor, it’s what I want. You don’t always get what you want, but I feel like if we had the opportunity again it would be a good fight.
“But that’s what I want. If not, I’ll fight whoever. That’s what I’ve always done. I defended the belt against Volkan Oezdemir. He was the next guy, so I fought him.”
Jones is still facing into a suspension for failing a drug test around the time of UFC 214.
When he does gets back, he may have a double champion waiting for him.