Things haven't cooled down between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones a week removed from reigniting their feud ahead of April 23 at UFC 197.
The pair have enjoyed taunting each other online with memes but the UFC light heavyweight champ took it up a notch in an appearance on Fox Sports Live.
Jones immortalized Cormier in the glorious visage of Carl Winslow, but "DC" went a little dark by attacking Jones' past substance abuse.
"Do you want your kids to try to be Carl Winslow? Or do you want your kids to be Tyrone Biggums making crack sandwiches?" Cormier asked. "He said, 'Another drug joke?' Well, yea Jon. Another drug joke. There's plenty of them."
Asked if he truly "hated" Jones, Cormier took some not-so-subtle jabs at the former champ's rocky past.
"I don't hate him. I don't wish bad on him. I don't wish that he crashes into people. I don't wish that he does all the stupid things that he does. I wish that his family didn't have to go through all the things surrounding him, but for him, aside from all that other stuff? I can't stand the guy."
Cormier and Jones will both attend Friday's "Unstoppable" UFC press conference event in Las Vegas, Nevada, putting the pair face-to-face for the first time in a while.
"I'm going to look at Jon and say, 'Jon, you said you were moving to New Mexico to grown up. To me, it seems you went to the only place that will allow you to just be reckless and have no recourse for your actions.' He didn't go to grow up. He's driving 75 in a 30. The guy's using a damn passport as a driver's license. It's very clear, the difference. He told the cop he didn't know he needed insurance to drive. This is crazy. He went where he could get away with all this stuff.
"Last time I threw my shoe at him so instead of leaving it on and having to take it off to throw it at him again, I'm just going to place it on the desk. If he talks too crazy I'll throw it at him. He just says some of the most ridiculous things. It's just he's so stupid."
Cormier carried much of the same vibe right over to his interview with FOX Sports' Colin Cowherd, saying Jones doesn't even deserve to be present at Friday's presser.
"There's nothing that's going to fix this guy," Cormier told Cowherd. "Nothing's going to change him. If you want you can buy into the story that Jones has changed but he'll just let you down again. That's who he is at his core. Jon Jones will mess up again. I dislike it. I dislike him. I can't wait to see his face on Friday at this press conference because I'm going to tell him exactly how I feel. I want him to know that coming to this press conference and sitting there with his head held high, he doesn't deserve that.
"If I did the things he did? I would be locked in a dark room somewhere so people didn't have to see my face, but it's the society we live in that we accept this guy back into our graces. It's just to see him fail. I'll make sure that he fails on April 23 and I'll expedite the process of him messing up again."
Cormier defends his title in a rematch to Jones April 23 at UFC 197 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Slap or punch?
Conor Mcgregor vs Nate Diaz this Saturday #UFC196 pic.twitter.com/V3MSUApLIE— Dana White (@danawhite) March 3, 2016
Yup, pretty sure something is wrong with it. Smart move Conor, SMART MOVE!!! pic.twitter.com/5edPvXQ8oi— ZombieProphet (@ZProphet_MMA) March 4, 2016
Mcgregor should be fined because of his classless attitude,he had bad intentions to hurt him opponent's hand— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) March 4, 2016
Conor should be fined for sneaking an opponent before the actual fight . Not a Nate fan but 20% is owed , Pussy shit @ufc @eafight #Payup— Edward Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) March 4, 2016
Im all for a good stare down , even pushing but A punch anywhere before the Ref warns both fighters is Wrong on every level #pussyshit #ufc— Edward Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) March 4, 2016
Look if u disagree You prob dont fight or better yet... have a friend fucking left hook you in the hand. See how Feels , then hit me Back— Edward Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) March 4, 2016
First time I saw it I was thinking Connor was trying to hurt his hand. Who punches someone's hand? https://t.co/xeWYPIS8wD— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) March 4, 2016
@UFC getting content for the future, obviously a very smart organization. They know order will be restored shortly pic.twitter.com/w5nsb6CuL8— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) March 4, 2016
.@JonnyBones is the top pound-for-pound fighter in #EASPORTSUFC2! #FighterRankings https://t.co/blwN25QM02 pic.twitter.com/OQ7lOLRe0W— EA SPORTS UFC (@EASPORTSUFC) March 3, 2016
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Get well soon.
--->>>Changing my cast today, healing up well, I'll be back training in 6... https://t.co/c1pT62i90D— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) March 3, 2016
Now we making excuses? The Hawaiian was hurt in the first 30 secs of the fight. https://t.co/WwUagdi3o2— Jerome-Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) March 3, 2016
Why do people talk about @thenotoriousMMA like he was the only one injured in this fight?? https://t.co/IXGJaNUmnQ— Jerome-Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) March 3, 2016
Lets run it back when we're both healthy then @thenotoriousmma #noexcuses #ufchawaii #littlesoccerfield @ufc— Jerome-Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) March 3, 2016
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