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Morning Report: Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier's camps clash following UFC 182 media day

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

This is why they call it 'Fight Week.'

Ahead of their main event clash Jan. 3 at UFC 182, light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and top contender Daniel Cormier gathered their entourages together to take part in media day festivities.

After exchanging some pleasantries during a tense staredown, UFC president Dana White was forced to separate Jones and Cormier a second time on stage after posing for photos shoulder to shoulder.

That would typically be where things end on most weeks, but not here.

Via the magic of Instagram and the wherewithal of UFC veteran turned personal chef Tyson Griffin, we are now treated to further antics from both camps.

Griffin explains the situation:

Always nice to see @rosendo_sanchez [Cormier's boxing coach] and [Jon Jones's manager] Malki [Kawa] catch up, but I'm not sure why Jones wanted to get in the middle and protect him. My only question for Jones is, "Why you coming at a coach?" #breakbones#mma #ufc #ufc182 #lasvegas #mgmgrand


Griffin posted a second video with action that had happened just prior:

This was just before previous video. Jones clearly isn't walking toward @dc_mma but at least he chose nicer words to use unlike when he thought the cameras were off! I'm not trying to say anyone is right or wrong for anything in these videos. I'm just giving you an update on the events taking place behind the scenes.#ufc182 #ufc #fightweek #breakbones @camacho100@rosendo_sanchez @noad_lahat @slikbxr


Should make for a fun weigh-in.

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5 MUST-READ STORIES

Sit downs. Ariel Helwani chats with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones (here) and Daniel Cormier (here) ahead of Saturday night's main event at UFC 182.

Confirmed. According to Dana White, Conor McGregor will indeed be next for UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo barring a loss to Dennis Siver in Boston.

Cobwoy. Donald Cerrone discusses arrangements with Dana White regarding fight week extreme activities.

'I'm going to connect and find a way for Phil to be successful.' Duke Roufus is looking to prove CM Punk's 'naysayers' wrong.

Predictions. Luke Thomas makes his picks for UFC 182.

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MEDIA STEW

Here's the latest Tommy Toe Hold exclusive for SBN featuring Jon "Bones" Jones debating Jon "Bones" Jones about who's fake:

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UFC 182 embedded episode 3 and 4.

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Jon Jones' pre-fight scrum.

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UFC 182 media day staredowns.

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Fighters making some New Year's resolutions.

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Jones doing a pretty great interview with TMZ.

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Shinya Aoki and Mirko Cro Cop in action New Year's Eve.

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Long watches.

Eddie Bravo Radio - Episode 80 - Joe Rogan 3 (12/28/2014)

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TWEETS

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Save it for Saturday.


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Yikes.

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Beefin'.

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Not happy.

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Happy New Year.

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Cuttin.

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Interesting.

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Damn.

So this happened tonight. Tortured by Steven Seagal, check that one off the bucket list. #deathtouch

A photo posted by Luke Rockhold (@lukerockhold) on


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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (Dec. 31- Jan. 1 2015)

cancelled Matt Brown vs. Tarec Saffiedine at UFC Fight Night: Broomfield

cancelled Uriah Hall vs. Costas Philippou at UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Siver

James Krause vs. Valmir Lazaro at UFC 184

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via theFightWhisperer.

Bargain hunting at UFC 182: Jones(-170) vs. Cormier(-150)

I'm not going to give you any analysis of how Jon Jones-Daniel Cormier will go. This is the most hyped, most analyzed fight I can remember, and if I am betting Jones (I am), you already know why. If you are taking Cormier, I already know your reasons.

On the other hand, I haven't seen that much written about this fight from an odds perspective. I want you to consider Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier as bargains.

Looking up the odds for Jones-Gustafsson II is not as easy as going to bestfightodds.com, because the fight got cancelled after Gustafsson's injury. From what I recall, Jones was a bit more than a (-300) favorite. This may seem a bit heavy considering how close their first fight was, but when you consider that the best odds you could get on Jones for the first fight was (-700), (-300) is actually showing Gustafsson a measure of respect, relatively speaking.

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Check out the rest of the post here.

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