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Jon Jones to Daniel Cormier: 'So much for being willing to die'

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Jon Jones just couldn't help himself.

The former UFC light heavyweight champion took the high road Saturday morning, wishing Daniel Cormier well in his recovery. But "Bones" added a little jab in late Saturday night on Twitter.

"So much for being willing to die," Jones wrote.

Jon Jones tweet

Jones deleted the tweet a few minutes later. The "willing to die" line was surely in reference to something Cormier said to Jones in a face-off interview with Joe Rogan as moderator to promote their upcoming -- and now cancelled -- fight.

Earlier Saturday, it was officially announced that Cormier had pulled out of their UFC 197 main event title fight April 23 in Las Vegas with an injury. Ovince Saint Preux will now face Jones for the interim title. The winner will face Cormier at a later date to unify the belts. Jones never officially lost the title in the Octagon, instead having it stripped last year due to a felony hit-and-run arrest.

Cormier was extremely apologetic Saturday on social media.

The turn of events was an odd twist. Most people thought earlier in the week that Jones would be the one unable to make the fight. "Bones" was in an Albuquerque jail for two nights on a probation violation charge stemming from five traffic tickets, including one for drag racing. But then news broke Friday that Cormier was injured and out of the bout.

Saturday morning, Jones was pleasant about the situation.

But Jones is not one to give up a chance to needle his longtime rival. The eventual rematch between Jones and Cormier will now be even more anticipated.

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