MMA Fighter Challenges People to Punch Him in the Face, Everyone Fails

Jon Jones Tired of Talking About Daniel Cormier, Cormier Not Tired of Verbally Owning Jones


(“Short? No cardio? That’s not what your mother said last night.” / Photo via Getty Images)

Over the course of his dominant UFC career, Jon Jones had proven at least two things — he is an amazing fighter, and it isn’t that hard to get under his skin. Although, as Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans can attest to, simply making Jones feel uncomfortable and irritable doesn’t make much of a difference when it’s time to actually fight him.

Jones is making his next light-heavyweight title defense against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 in September, but the Swede isn’t the guy “Bones” is tired of talking about. That would be heavyweight contender and two-time Olympian Daniel Cormier.

Cormier faces Roy Nelson next in a winner-eats-town bout at UFC 166, but after that, the undersized heavyweight says that he is moving down to Jones’s division and that he plans to get an immediate title shot once he does. No less than UFC President Dana White has all but said the same.

This, combined with the near-constant battle of tweets and words between DC and JJ has apparently tried Jones’s patience a bit too much. Recently, while on the UFC’s “World Tour,” the 205-pound kingpin was asked, for what has to feel like the millionth time, about Cormier challenging him. Jones got downright catty with his response.

Trying out his best high school girl insults, Jones said that Cormier is short, fat, and that he isn’t even popular. “I hate answering questions about him,” Jones said of Cormier.

“I don’t think he wants to work hard. I think he just wants to be famous. You can see it in his physique…He has, like, 20,000 Twitter followers. He has short reach, bad cardio [and] he looked terrible in his last fight. It’s like, I’m not worried about him at all.”

If Jones isn’t worried about a guy who would be the first person he’s ever faced that can take him down, and a man who just four years into his MMA career has already dominated two former heavyweight champions, then he’s lying or delusional. But despite the fact that he and Cormier appear to almost certainly be headed towards one another should they win their next fights, Jones insists that Cormier isn’t relevant to him.

“He’s just not relevant to me,” Jones said. “There’s so many great fighters in the light-heavyweight division. He’s not even top five in his division. I’m not sure if he is.”

Yeah, Jon, he is. Cormier is, at worst, the number three heavyweight in the world right now, despite having the height of a lightweight. And yes, Jon, everyone wants to see the two of you fight.

And for the record, Cormier like, totally has almost 60,000 twitter followers, so there. Faced with Jones’ hissy fit, Cormier decided to take the higher-looking road when he appeared on Fuel TV recently.

“When I heard his quote, it’s like a 16-year old girl,” Cormier said. “Jon Jones, grow up bud. We’re going to fight regardless of how you feel. And when we do and I’m cutting the line and you might as well pull guard because I’m taking you down.”

Who do you got, nation? Jon Jones, fueled by teen-like angst and awkwardness or Cormier with his super-chub Olympic powers and grown ass man strength?

- Elias Cepeda

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RwilsonR- August 5, 2013 at 8:22 pm
Jones hasn't had any trouble with top wrestlers. Cormier is no different. Cormier should have to fight at least one at 205 first, to legitimize a title shot, and to make sure he can make the cut. I say it should be Machida.
Lex Talionis- August 5, 2013 at 5:33 pm
Yeah Cormier dominated Frank Mir all the way to a boring decision. Oh and He managed to take a decision over Barnett who had a broken hand. I would take Jones over Mir these days too. He's too small to ever be relevant at heavyweight, and too lazy to make lightweight. He says he won't fight valesquez and he would never get through Dos Santos. I don't even think he would have a shot against Werdum. Jones can be a Douche sometimes but he kind of has a point this time. WTF has Cormier really done so far to deserve all this hype.
danomite- August 5, 2013 at 4:38 pm
@Pen I guess you missed the part where he admitted it was because he didn't lose the weight properly and tried cutting too much before his matches. Also, the part where he asked for an immediate title shot at 205 after he beats Roy Nelson. He's the one that is going around telling people he can make 205. I'll believe it when I see it.
Fried Taco- August 5, 2013 at 3:15 pm
Two words for ya DC: Izzy Style
Pen Fifteen- August 5, 2013 at 2:49 pm
@danomite
Cheese doodles, eh? I guess you missed the part where Cormier almost died 5 years ago trying to cut to 211.
Deadpanda- August 5, 2013 at 3:11 pm
Please know your history. Cormier had kidney failure during his Olympic weight cut because of YEARS of poor dieting & improper weight cutting techniques that strictly dehydrated him. Team mates & coaches knew about it forever & Cormier paid for it at the worst time.

Don't act like he was a victim because Cormier has been know for his poor diet for a long, long time.
mixmasternut- August 5, 2013 at 2:06 pm
Jones be ducking DC for easier fights against smaller guys (with more twitter followers).
danomite- August 5, 2013 at 2:04 pm
He's not worried about Cormier because cormier can't put down the cheese doodles long enough to lose the weight to make 205. Even if they did fight, he wouldn't have much to worry about. He's so much longer he can just use that poking striking style he used against guys like rampage and Cormier won't be able to get anywhere near him.
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