Daniel Cormier has a lot of dirt on Jon Jones, and he’s not afraid to sling it.
The reigning UFC light heavyweight champ’s disdain for Jones is no secret, and when the pair shared a stage in Dallas last week to promote their long-awaited upcoming rematch, Cormier brought up just about every much-publicized trial that has plagued Jones outside the Octagon. While some may have condemned the champ’s decision to go after Jones for his past substance abuse issues, he defended his actions in a Tuesday appearance on Sirius XM’s “The Luke Thomas Show.”
Jones was stripped of the title after a 2015 hit-and-run incident, and “DC” won it in a bout with Anthony Johnson. Since his bitter rival’s troubles have affected Cormier’s career and led many to belittle him as a paper champion, he has no qualms about using Jones’ past as ammunition to promote their rematch, scheduled for July 29 at UFC 214.
“These things are so public, these instances are so public, and if he was doing all this stuff to himself and by himself and not affecting people, then I probably wouldn’t say anything,” Cormier said, according to FOX Sports’ Damon Martin. “But his indiscretions and his mess-ups, they’ve greatly influenced my career, too, and the way that I’m perceived. A lot of people would say, ‘Well, you’d never be champion if he didn’t do those things.’ Maybe if he would have beat me again, but we would have fought already to decide that. …
“Not only are they not respecting me as they should, they’re discrediting everything that I have done. It’s not off-limits.”
In addition to the hit-and-run that later allowed Cormier to capture the strap he failed to win off Jones at UFC 182, “Bones” has also tested positive for cocaine and estrogen blockers. The latter substance netted him a one-year ban that put a rematch scheduled for UFC 200 on ice. The way Cormier sees it, Jones has no one to blame but himself for such problems.
“That’s a choice that he made. You are not born with addiction issues. You make the choice to start to mess with that,” Cormier said. “So yes, I’m going to do it and I’m going to tell him anything I want to tell him.”
The reigning champ took his argument one step further, suggesting Jones isn’t averse to indulging in performance-enhancing substances considering he’s already indulged in illegal ones. During last week’s presser, Jones revealed he’d used cocaine shortly before their first fight.
“If you’re willing to do that right before a fight, and that’s something that could be detrimental to you going forward, why wouldn’t you do something that could help you? That’s my philosophy. I could be wrong,” Cormier said.
“I do believe that this dude has been cheating his whole entire life.”
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