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Daniel Cormier comments on UFC stripping Jones of title: ‘This is a sad day for our sport’

Newly announced UFC 187 main eventer Daniel Cormier commented on the UFC’s decision to strip Jon Jones of his title.

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On Tuesday night, the UFC announced that they would strip Jon Jones of his light-heavyweight title following a hit-and-run incident that took place on Sunday in Albuquerque. It was a decision that surprised both fans and pundits alike. It also brought with it significant change to the UFC 187 fight card, as the new main event will feature Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson for the light-heavyweight crown.

Cormier, who is Jones' final victory during his title reign at 205-pounds, commented on the situation to MMAFighting.com.

"Make no mistake about it, this is a sad day for our sport. One of the best fighters of all time has found himself in trouble again. It sucks. Despite our differences, I truly wish the best for Jon and his family, and I know he can get through this."

Cormier also added a bold statement that he'd gladly allow Jones to challenge him for the title once he defeats ‘Rumble' in a few weeks.

"But in life, opportunity knocks, and it's up to you to answer the door. So as I've done time again, I'm answering that door. I will be in Vegas on May 23 -- you can count on me -- I will win the belt, and then when Jon is ready to return, I will be happy to give him a shot at my belt."

UFC 187: Cormier vs. Johnson is scheduled to take place May 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Transcription taken from MMAFighting.com.