Daniel Cormier expresses his opinion on Jon Jones’ nomination for the Best Fighter ESPY this year. Cormier believes that Jones is not deserving of the award due to his limited activity in the specified time frame. While Jones won the vacant UFC heavyweight title with an impressive victory over Ciryl Gane, Cormier argues that it does not compare to the accomplishments of the other nominees.
Cormier acknowledges the achievements of Islam Makhachev, Leon Edwards, and Amanda Nunes, highlighting their noteworthy storylines and performances. He mentions Makhachev defeating Charles Oliveira to claim the belt and Leon Edwards’ impressive performances. Cormier also notes Nunes’ loss of the belt to Julianna Peña and subsequent reclamation. According to Cormier, these fighters have stronger cases for the award.
Although Cormier acknowledges Jones’ star power and his status as a two-division champion, he believes that Jones needed one more significant performance to warrant consideration for the ESPY. He suggests that Jones’ inclusion in the nomination might be influenced by his popularity rather than his recent achievements. Cormier emphasizes that his comments are not driven by personal animosity toward Jones but rather a belief that other champions have stronger cases.
Cormier mentions that Israel Adesanya and Aljamain Sterling are notable omissions from the nomination. Adesanya, in Cormier’s view, should have been considered due to his prolonged middleweight title reign and impressive performances. Sterling’s successful title defenses against T.J. Dillashaw and Henry Cejudo also warrant recognition, according to Cormier.
Cormier highlights that Amanda Nunes has never won an ESPY and suggests that this may be her last opportunity. He concludes by expressing his belief that Leon Edwards is the most deserving nominee this year. However, Cormier remains supportive of Jones’ nomination for the Comeback Athlete ESPY, citing his three-year absence from the sport and subsequent heavyweight title victory as a remarkable feat deserving of recognition.
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Q: Why does Daniel Cormier believe Jon Jones doesn’t deserve the Best Fighter ESPY nomination this year?
A: Daniel Cormier believes that Jon Jones’ limited activity, with only one fight in the specified time frame, does not compare to the achievements and storylines of the other nominees. He suggests that Jones needed one more significant performance to be considered for the award. Cormier emphasizes that his opinion is not based on personal animosity but on the belief that other champions have stronger cases.