If you thought things would cool down between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones as their upcoming fights get closer, they still might, but evidently not yet. After the UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion recently relayed at a media event that he believes “DC” has a short reach, bad cardio and not many Twitter followers (by superstar standards of course…), Cormier has predictably fired back.
In a recent appearance on “The MMA Hour”, Cormier was asked to comment on Jones and his fiery comments. Here is some of what the #2 ranked heavyweight had to say (quote thanks to MMA Fighting.com).
“I never came out and said I’m the most ripped guy in MMA. I’m not. I haven’t cut weight in years. I haven’t tried to cut weight in years. I haven’t tried to diet in years. I clean up a little in training camp, but I’ve never tried to be the most ripped guy, so that kind of stuff doesn’t bother me. I just don’t like him saying I don’t want to work hard. He hasn’t spent a day in the gym with me. He doesn’t know my schedule. I know I’m training. It takes a big statement to say that about someone who has accomplished what I’ve accomplished. You don’t just come out of Louisiana, where there is no wrestling, to become a two-time Olympian in wrestling.”
“It’s almost shocking that someone in his position could be so petty,” said Cormier. “It was almost like, wow, we’re adults.
Cormier also shot down the idea that was recently floated by Junior dos Santos, who believes the renowned wrestler won’t drop to 205 , if he defeats Cain Velasquez at UFC 166. The idea being, of course, that Cormier will want to avenge his teammate’s loss (and this also assumes “DC” beats Roy Nelson that same night). And speaking of light-heavyweight, Cormier also offered this prediction to Jones, who is set to fight Alexander Gustafsson on September 21st.
“The truth is we’re going to fight at some point,” Cormier said about Jones. “We have fights to get through first. Then all those things are going to have to be answered. Jon Jones can say he doesn’t know if I’m in the top of my division, but that’s a lie. That’s a bold-faced lie. It’s an obvious lie because he knows how many Twitter followers I have. It’s contradictory.”
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