Apparently Jon Jones isn’t buying Daniel Cormier’s supposed excuses for his frustration that Herb Dean was rescheduled as the referee in their anticipated main event at April 23’s UFC 197 from Las Vegas.
Cormier recently expressed frustration at the booking because he felt that Dean allowed Jones to stall up against the cage in the later rounds of their first match-up at last year’s UFC 182, but Jones has a different take on the subject.
“Bones” took to Twitter to express a wholly different point of view, noting that it was Cormier’s inability to get himself off of the cage rather than anything Dean did. Check it out:
Excuse of the weak: it’s not that I wasn’t man enough to get my back off the cage, Herb Dean allowed him to do it
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) March 24, 2016
Dean did receive a decent amount of criticism from fans and UFC President Dana White for not restarting the title fight when a clinch forced the action to screech to a halt in the fifth round, but he has long been one of the most respected and utilized officials in terms of UFC bouts, refereeing many high-profile title fights over the years.
Cormier doesn’t agree with him once again reffing his fight, however, and Jones obviously thinks that it was on ‘DC’ to get himself out the predicament rather than the referee.
What do you think? Should Dean have restarted the bout last year, and does Cormier really have any room to complain after he lost fair and square?