UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones are set to fight for the second time at UFC 214 on July 29th. But if it seems like the two have done enough jawing at each other for four fights, that’s because this is the fourth time a fight between them has been booked. The first went down as planned, ending with Jones defeating Cormier by dominating decision. But the original rematch in April of 2016 was cancelled after Daniel injured his foot. The subsequent attempt at the fight at UFC 200 exploded last second after Jones failed a drug test over off brand erection pills.
It’s because of all that drama following UFC 200 that Cormier feels justified in ripping Jones a new one every time they meet in public. At the big UFC Summer Kickoff event, he tossed a water bottle at Jon and asked “Is he really back? Are you back junkie? … Is this guy really going to go to the fight? Is this guy going to mess this up again by doing steroids or snorting cocaine or sandblasting prostitutes. What’s this guy going to do to mess this up this time?”
This has led some people to criticize Cormier for attacking a victim of addiction. As you’d expect, Cormier says nuts to that.
“These things are so public. These instances are so public,” Cormier said on The Luke Thomas Radio Show (via MMA Junkie). “If he was doing all this stuff to himself and by himself and not affecting people, I probably wouldn’t say anything. But his indiscretions and mess ups have greatly influenced my career too, in the way I’m perceived. A lot of people may say ‘Well, you would never be the champion if he didn’t do those things.’ Maybe he would’ve beat me again, but we would’ve fought already to decide that.”