I was scrolling through Facebook when I found this message from UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier regarding the recent situation with Jon Jones. For folks who may have not remembered, at UFC 214 Jones finished Cormier in the third round to regain the UFC light heavyweight title. The victory was overturned after Jones tested positive for steroids. The UFC stripped Jones of his title and reinstated Cormier as the light heavyweight champion.
Below are Cormier’s words from his Facebook, I just broke it up into paragraphs.
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.
These are wise words from Cormier about the situation and props to him for not only showing compassion to Jones – these are the same two men who got into a fight during a press conference – but asking his fans to lay off his rival as well. I’ve seen many fans who will harass and bully other fighters because they’re rivals with their favorite athlete and they believe their actions are supporting their champion, when it reality makes them look like a jerk.
It takes wisdom to ask your followers to back off your opponent. I wish more fighters would do that. I’m not saying we all have to hold hands and sing, but at least show respect to all athletes. Jones has a family, like Cormier, and is going through a roller coaster in trying to piece his life back together. He’s fighting a battle most fans – especially those who are harassing him – don’t understand or haven’t experienced. His actions may have upset others, but I don’t think people should be wasting so much energy on harassing Jones if his actions haven’t hurt their lives.
I’ll be honest, Jones hasn’t done anything to negatively impact my life since he’s been fighting. Most MMA fighters don’t, unless it’s cost me a beer or two. I’ve rolled my eyes at stuff he’s said and done, but I’ve wished ill will upon him. In expressing my disappointment, I’ve always wanted him to get back on the straight and narrow because he does have a family and his actions affect their lives.
It’s like that old saying, everyone is fighting a battle others cannot see.
As a fan of Cormier’s, it was great to see this pop up on my news feed.