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Morning Report: Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier trade shots over Twitter

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We all knew it couldn't last.

After five rounds and a presser brawl that still gives Dave Sholler nightmares no one believed Jon Jones and UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier could manage a civil lead-up to their rematch booked for April 23 at UFC 197.

Cormier has said he largely blames his unanimous decision loss to Jones at UFC 183 on being too emotional and not handling himself like a competitor. Jones tweeted just last week that both he and Cormier were professionals and that the title was enough to motivate them.

Well, that took a hitch Monday when Jones posted a snarky meme mocking Cormier's status as an "undisputed champion." After Jones was suspended by the UFC and stripped of his title, Cormier claimed the belt by submitting Anthony Johnson in May at UFC 187.

The jab somehow eluded Cormier for days, but someone near him with internet access inevitably pointed it out to him.

And away we go.

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Cormier followed up with a shot at Jones' on-going sobriety. He even mentions "Mr. Untouchable" Nicky Barnes, the prominent gangster and drug kingpin of Harlem, New York in the 1970's.

This is easy! Like shooting fish in a barrel! Got em ready to go and @jonnybones it only gets worse from here. #glasshouse #lookinthemirror #nickybarnes


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Cormier has been largely unimpressed with the strides Jones has taken to stay out of trouble, calling it "what you're supposed to do."

"Doing community service is community service, but how about going and talking to these kids on your own?" Cormier said in January. "Not when you're forced to do it. The positive changes he's made are very good for him, but in reality it's just normal. If you're a man with a fiancé, you're not supposed to run around on her."

In an Instagram post that's since been deleted, Jones told fans this week that he had successfully completed his 72 court-mandated speaking engagements with local youth and planned to continue making appearances in the future.

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