MONDAY NEWS DIGEST 12/24: Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson react strongly to UFC 232 move, Jon Jones responds

By Michael Hiscoe, Managing Editor

Jon Jones (photo credit Joshua Dahl © USA Today Sports)

It wouldn’t be a Jon Jones fight week without a little chaos now, would it?

The MMA world went into a bit of a tizzy Sunday night when word came out that UFC has opted to move the entire UFC 232 card from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. The decision comes after “minuscule amounts” of turinabol, the same substance Jones tested positive for in July 2017, were found in Jones’ system after a Nevada commission drug test. Nevada refused to license Jones to compete this weekend so UFC secured the approval of the California commission and is leaving town.

While he is not directly involved in the event, current UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier chose to offer his thoughts on the news.

“He tested positive again!” Cormier tweeted.

Cormier then tweeted out a list of the players that led to this decision, and needless to say, he isn’t impressed.

Jones then took to Cormier’s Instagram account and left a pointed comment that DC was quick to respond to.

“I could slap your wife on the ass and you could literally do nothing about it. You’re my bitch DC that will never change. Funny how you’re giving me two posts but said nothing when I asked you to come get your belt back,” Jones wrote.

Cormier then responded, “You couldn’t do s— you steroid abusing junkie! I swear I would never touch your wife’s flat ass lol. And I didn’t respond I’m not helping you sell your bum ass fight you drug abusing steroid cheat. F— you!”

Meanwhile, Alexander Gustafsson chimed in on the move once he got word Sunday night.

“Now we all understand why u didn’t take the Wada test! U can be on rocket fuel,, I’ll still gonna finish u Jon,” Gustafsson tweeted. Jones then offered a quick response of “Lol, sure bud.”

Amidst all of this, Jones went on Instagram live to clear the air and affirm his innocence in the matter. Jones apologized to fans who are flying into Vegas and won’t be able to see the fight and assured everyone that it was “out of my control,”(transcribed by MMAJunkie).

“How’s it going, everybody? It’s your boy, Bones Jones here. I just wanted to take the time out to apologize to the fans for what is going on. This is a situation that is completely out of my control. But I still will man up and apologize for this happening. I realize there’s a lot of people who lost out in the situation. People came from Sweden, people came from Brazil, other fighters. I feel your guys’ frustration. Today’s been a hell of a day, a hell of a day. A big shock to us all. Spent tears today, because I can feel the frustration of the fans. And I’m going to do what I can to try to make it right for at least some of you guys. I’ve already taken care of some flights and some tickets for people, so I’m doing what I can to make this right. But I just really want to assure you guys that this was not a mistake I made. Completely out of my control. But I do feel your guys’ pain, and I’m sincerely sorry. Love you guys, and God bless you guys. And I guess I’ll see some of you in California, and that’s about it. All right, I’m going to try to get some sleep.”

If fans didn’t know it was a Jon Jones fight week, they likely do now.

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