Five years ago this week, Daniel Cormier was engaged in a war of words with Jon Jones already, even before his official UFC Octagon debut two months later. Five years ago, an unforeseen serious of incidents has delayed Jones and Cormier settling their score, as Cormier has spent the last two years seeking redemption against Jones, whom he lost to UFC 182 back in January 2015. The following is our story on Cormier responding to Jones telling him to shut up.
The ongoing back and forth between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier continued on Saturday night, as Cormier responded to Jones’ recent comments telling him to “shut up” and to come down to light heavyweight before he keeps talking.
Cormier was serving as an analyst on Fuel TV for their post-UFC 156 show on Saturday night, and after they were finished discussing the event from Las Vegas, Cormier was given an opportunity to respond.
“Jon Jones, you’re firing me up,” Cormier said. “I’m coming to find him. Where I’m from, you don’t tell a man to shut up. That’s one thing you don’t do. Jon Jones, you and I will get it done.”
Cormier will make his UFC debut on April 20 against Frank Mir at UFC on Fox 7, while Jones will fight Chael Sonnen a week later at UFC 159. The two could collide later in the year, but UFC President Dana White has already said that Dan Henderson will be in front of Cormier if he defeats Lyoto Machida at UFC 157 later this month.
Penick’s Analysis: I do believe Cormier and Jones will fight, because Cormier has been clear about not wanting to fight Cain Velasquez at heavyweight. He’s an elite competitor, and if he can make light heavyweight, he’ll deserve to be in the title picture immediately, if not get a shot right away. It comes down to whether or not Dan Henderson beats Lyoto Machida. If he does, Cormier may take another fight at heavyweight. If he doesn’t, then Jones vs. Cormier more than likely coming in the summer or fall.
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