The war of words between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier will never end.
In an interview with TMZ earlier this month, Cormier said he believed calling Jones a bum repeatedly was getting in Jones's head. Yesterday on Fox Sports Live with Jay and Dan, Jones responded:
"How am I a bum? I don't get it. I've broken a lot of records. I've taken his undefeated record. I've won more light heavyweight championships than he has. I've been doing pretty well throughout my whole career so I don't see how I'm a bum. I think it's funny that he thinks this gets to me."
Since their rematch was made official for UFC 200, Cormier has taken to calling Jones a bum for his performance at UFC 197 and his outside of the cage problems which led to his suspension from the UFC and the stripping of his title. Cormier believes it bothers Jones because it flies in the face of Jones's belief that he is the best of all time.
Conversely, Jones believes he is the one in Cormier's head. In late May, Cormier posted a video to his Instagram of him slapping a heavy bag with Jones's likeness on it. Jones responded that he was "balls deep" in Cormier's head, something he still believes is true.
"I was waaaaaay back there. Way back there. I'm so in his head, I have a mansion in DC's head. Right now I'm swimming in my swimming pool in the mansion in his head."
Whether Jones is actually in Cormier's head or not, it does appear that Cormier's constant comments have had some effect on Jones. Jones continues to deny that the jabs have gotten under his skin, but he did suggest that he might be looking to make Cormier pay for the insults.
"I've been thinking, I remember one of the guys refused to call Ali, Muhammad Ali; they were calling him Cassius Clay. And I remember Ali beat the shit out of the guy and was like, ‘What's my name? Say my name!' So I may just have DC call me ‘daddy' on the night of the fight."
The fight Jones is talking about is Ali vs. Ernie Terrell. Terrell knew Ali when he was still going by the name Cassius Clay and in the build up to their fight he refused to call him Ali. When the two actually fought, Ali put a merciless beating on Terrell, interjecting loudly during the 8th round, "What's my name? Say my name!" as he brutalized Terrell. Jones has called Ali his "biggest inspiration" so lifting one of Ali's most memorable antics seems highly possible.
Or he could just hit him with the DX crotch chop again.
Jones and Cormier rematch for the UFC light heavyweight championship in the main event of UFC 200 on July 9th in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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There is only one man on the planet I would pick to beat Daniel Cormier in a fight and it just so happens to be his biggest rival. We are lucky to be getting this rematch and can only hope DC pulls it off so we get a third fight in New York and a historically great rivalry.
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That's all for today y'all. Until tomorrow.
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