The back and forth social media jabs have continued between reigning UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel “DC” Cormier and former divisional ring leader Jon “Bones” Jones.
This time, it was Jones who took to his official Instagram account to mock Cormier, replacing the champion with fictional character Carl Winslow in the UFC 197 fight poster.
Check out the hilarious photo below:
Despite the banter, “Bones” doesn’t believe any true animosity lies between he and Cormier leading up to their highly anticipated rematch on April 23, 2016. Possessing one of the deepest rivalries in the history of the sport, however, that remains subject to change:
“Right now there isn’t any (animosity), but I’m sure when I see him, things will ramp up a bit,” Jones recently told MMAjunkie. “I haven’t really thought about it at all. I’ve been in the UFC for so many years now, so it can’t be anything too different than what I’ve experienced. I’m excited to just take it as it comes.”
The circumstances surrounding the rematch are a bit unusual in the way that although Jones isn’t the current champion, he did indeed beat “DC” quite convincingly when they first met back in January 2015.
Too Jones, this bout simply marks the chance to regain the title he had stripped from him after being arrested on felony hit and run charges last April.
In fact, a rematch with Swedish star Alexander Gustafsson, who had “Bones” on the brink of defeat back in 2013, holds more weight to the ex-champion:
“I have those feelings a little more with Gustafsson than I do with Daniel,” Jones said. “I already beat (Cormier) by unanimous decision, so I don’t really have this feeling where I have to put him away or get rid of him once and for all. I just need to fight him because he has the belt right now. That’s really what this is all about for me. I feel that way more about Gustafsson. I really need to fight him again just to get rid of all doubt.”
Do you see Jones getting passed Cormier and once again locking horns with “The Mauler”?