The bad blood between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier is for real, this after UFC President Dana White formally announced that the two will top bill as the main event for UFC 200 slated on July 9 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
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White told TMZ sports that the word war between Jones and Cormier are no P.R. stunt, it is for real and the two cannot wait until July 9 to get it on inside the Octagon. It will be personal for both fighters as Jones is making a comeback after disposing of Ovince Saint Preux for the interim light heavyweight championship and is locking on Cormier, who is the current champion.
The two were supposed to take their issues at UFC 197, but plans did not work out as Cormier backed out due to a foot injury, to which Jones called a desperate move to avoid him. Saint Preux was called in as a replacement and after disposing of Saint Preux, Jones is looking to reclaim his title and Cormier is the only standing on the way.
“They hate each other and there is zero manufactured between the two during the press conference. They both respect each other as fighters but as humans they totally dislike each other,” White added.
The Jones-Cormier fight will be the replacement for the controversial Conor McGregor-Nate Diaz rematch that was shelved because White and the UFC officials did not like McGregor snubbing the promotional activities leading to their fight. Instead of a word war between McGregor and Diaz, it turned out to be a word war between White and McGregor, who stressed that he is paid as a fighter and not as a promoter.
The Jones-Cormier fight spiked up a bit as Cormier told the press that Jones has drug problems that why he was stripped off his belt back last year. Cormier made the nasty comment during the press conference Wednesday morning and already fight fans cannot wait until fight night.
Jones started the things when he asked the people in attendance if they would want to see him whoop Cormier a** up at UFC 200 to which the crowd all said “yes.” The Jones asked Cormier what he’ll say to his kids if they ever ask, “Daddy, did you ever beat Jon ‘Bones’ Jones?”
“I’m going to say, ‘you know what I won the belt because the idiot eliminated himself from the competition because he is a drug addict. I did not have to beat the kid’ that is what I will tell my kids,” Cormier added.
Though Jones is no drug addict making such statement might have fueled too much the hatred for both fighters and Cormier might have to double his effort if he wants to stay as champion. It will be a rematch for both Jones and Cormier since they last fought at UFC 182 wherein Jones won by unanimous decision.
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