“It makes it harder for ‘DC’ to sell that he’s not at least nervous. ‘DC’ can say, ‘I’m not scared. I’m not nervous.’ But when you offer to pay and fly Ovince St. Preux out to train him to beat me, it’s just – he showed his true colors. He showed he is nervous and that if Ovince St. Preux were to win, it would be the greatest day of his life… I’m going to give him the respect he deserves, which is my full and undivided attention. I know that sounds a little funny after my rant with ‘DC,’ but ‘DC,’ he doesn’t have my respect. So many of my fans tell me, ‘Jon, don’t argue with ‘DC.’ It’s just a strategy so you’re not focusing on Ovince St. Preux.’ But literally I just deal with ‘DC’ on Twitter for a second then my whole day is about Ovince. He has my full and undivided attention.”
-Jon Jones talks to MMAJunkie.com about Daniel Cormier’s offer to train Ovince St. Preux prior to UFC 197, and why he’s focused entirely on the OSP fight despite the back and forth with Cormier on Twitter this week.
Penick’s Analysis: Again, Cormier’s offer simply wasn’t a good look, no matter what he’s tried to say to defend it since. It was nothing but ammunition for Jones. If Jones loses this fight to St. Preux, Cormier can continue to hold onto the title while not needing to fight Jones again to keep that spot. For now. Otherwise, they’re going to have to fight again, and while he says he wants nothing more than to fight and beat Jones, that’s not what his other comments suggested.
[Jon Jones art by Grant Gould (c) MMATorch.com]
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