The mind games and trash talking between UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and interim champion Jon Jones have already begun to hype up their much-awaited clash at UFC 200 this July 9 at the T-Mobile Arena of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Cormier and Jones are scheduled for an Octagon meeting which will be the main event of the evening at UFC 200 after the supposed Nate Diaz-Conor McGregor rematch was shelved after UFC president Dana White pulled out McGregor off the card after refusing to promote the said fight in Las Vegas. In replacing the bout with the Cormier-Jones match, the fight is also expected to draw fight fans as Jones is out to reclaim his title which Cormier got after he was suspended by the UFC with his runs with the law.
Cormier made a video, with him doing a heavy bag session using a custom-made bag with Jones’ picture on it. He then captions the picture which for surely adds fuel to their match this summer in Las Vegas.
“Ha, this is awesome. Can’t remember the company that sent it to me. So if you are the company that sent that to me I say thank you and please let me know so that I can tag you. You have made training camp easy lol,” Cormier wrote.
Jones himself posted on Twitter a note that is addressed to Cormier telling the current champ to enjoy his remaining days as he is coming to get back which he claims as rightfully his.
“It’s good to see you enjoying your last days as paper champ Daniel,” Jones stated.
The two have been exchanging nasty comments that led to their ticket to UFC 200. On April 28, 2015, it was announced that Jones had been stripped of the Light Heavyweight championship and suspended indefinitely after facing felony charges stemming from a traffic accident in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Subsequently, Cormier was pulled from the Bader fight and replaced Jones against Anthony Johnson on May 23 at UFC 187 for the vacant title wherein Cormier would go on to win the next two rounds and eventually submit Johnson by rear naked choke in the third round to become the new UFC Light Heavyweight champion.
For Jones, after his run-ins with the law, he staged a comeback after the UFC reinstated him back in Oct., nearly six months after his suspension was announced. A rematch with Cormier was supposed to take place last April 23 at UFC 197 however, Cormier pulled out of the fight citing a foot injury and was replaced by Ovince Saint Preux.
The UFC announced that the Jones-Saint Perux bout would be for the interim title and Jones went on to beat Sant Preux by unanimous decision that led to the scheduled unification bout this July 9.
Photo Courtesy: Daniel Cromier @dc_mma/Twitter