The legacy of Jones can’t be told without the inclusion of his numerous run-ins with the law. Therefore by default, several stories and opinions have surrounded these instances over the years involving the former two-time UFC light heavyweight kingpin.
Jones’ most recent incident came the morning following his induction into the UFC Hall of Fame in Sept. 2021 when he got into an alleged domestic violence situation involving his then-fiance. Among those reacting to the news since then has been Jones’ former challenger, Chael Sonnen.
Sonnen now finds himself amid his own case which alleges he assaulted several individuals in a Las Vegas hotel hallway. Thus opening “The American Gangster” up to some shots back from Jones who has often been the target of critique.
“Fellas, are we adults, or are we children?” Cormier said on his YouTube channel. “What happened to turning the other cheek? What happened to taking the high road? These two haven’t taken the high road in one instance in regards to each other. But here’s the thing... certain situations, you gotta kinda look the other way.
“In all the times that I had my issues in the rivalry with Jones, we tried not to be personal. At times it got a bit personal and he said he’d go to my house and smack my wife on the ass, and I said nobody wants to smack his wife’s flat ass. We got a bit personal, right? But that’s as far as we went. But in terms of him and his troubles with the law and everything, I always tried to say, ‘Hey, man. Get better, do right.’ You don’t wish that type of bad on nobody.”
Cormier and Jones fought on two occasions with the first going in favor of Jones and the second ruled a no contest after Jones failed a drug test for performance-enhancing drugs. Their rematch was originally supposed to take place sooner than it eventually did but due to another P.E.D. related instance for Jones, as well as a Cormier injury, the two battled at UFC 214 in July 2017.
As for Sonnen, he made a career out of being a dominant wrestler with a superior wit and ability to trash talk better than anyone the MMA world had ever seen. Essentially, it’s what helped get him his shot against Jones when returning to light heavyweight after his run at middleweight.
“Chael, my boy, is going to say whatever he feels like saying, and in that, you open yourself up for that rebuttal if by chance you find yourself in a situation,” Cormier said. “Unfortunately, Chael finds himself in a situation that I have no knowledge of to speak on.
“Now, the man that sat up there for years, Chael, has allowed himself to be judged by a man that has truly been just the butt of everyone’s jokes for so long. So I asked myself, ‘Guys, are we adults?’ Yes, we are. But in this instance, do I think that Jones would act like one? Absolutely not. Is he wrong for not acting like one? Absolutely not.”
“I’m not surprised that Jones is taking shots at Chael right now because every time that Jones found himself in those issues, and that was a multitude of times, Chael was there to judge,” he added.
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My candle for light heavyweight blew out, it showed in my last fight, instead of being discouraged by a bad performance, I’m stoked about this new season. New energy. My time at LWH was over, I see that more clear today than ever— BONY (@JonnyBones) March 29, 2022
I’ve been imagining it for over two years now, I genuinely believe winning this heavyweight championship is in my destiny. It’s already been written. I just need to keep my nose in the dirt for now and keep working, everything else will take care of itself. https://t.co/9V41HVzpTy— BONY (@JonnyBones) March 29, 2022
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That was a Shyamalan-level twist.
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Now that’s some art.
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