Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier might well be laying the path to one of the biggest grudge matches in MMA history. The 205lb. Boss and the undefeated Heavyweight have had a back and forth going for a long time now, this time Cormier is firing back at Jones, who recently called Cormier ‘out of shape’ and ‘not relevant’.
At the Fuel TV UFC 163 post fight presser, Cormier had this to say:
“When I hear his quote, it’s like a 16-year old girl. 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 the guard because I’m taking you down.”
If Cormier can make the weight cut, and Jones takes the fight, this could well be the greatest grudge match of all time. Especially when you consider that the level of trash talk is equal with that of two fighters that are scheduled to fight. And these two aren’t.
Grudge matches (see Ellenberger vs. MacDonald/Rampage vs. Evans) do have a tendency to be disappointing. Mainly because both parties predict savage finishes, and are often too cautious to engage in fear of, essentially, looking like a dumbass.
Being made to eat humble pie on a stage like the UFC’s is probably one of the hardest things for a pro fighter to deal with. My opinion on the matter is that I would rather go out on my shield than be booed for 15-25 minutes.
I have a feeling that Jones and Cormier won’t be like that. The reason behind that thought comes solely from the fact that I think Bones will get taken down by DC. That is something I’m very interested in seeing.
I know that Jones has a 0 takedown defense record, but that doesn’t mean he can’t get taken. Most people thought Anderson Silva couldn’t be knocked out. Enough said.
I think Cormier will take Jones down at will, and I want to see what happens when he does. I also think that Cormier is more likely to win from top control than Jones is from his back. Only time will tell.