Former undisputed and current interim light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones will get a shot at redemption at UFC 200. Facing his bitter rival Daniel Cormier in the July 9 main event, ‘Bones’ hopes to come full circle against the man he beat at UFC 182 before coming unstuck. In a highly unexpected twist of fate, just a matter of months after defeating Cormier, Jones was the ex-champion facing hit-and-run charges and admitting to drug addiction, while ‘DC’ enjoyed his coronation at UFC 187.
As Cormier sits in the throne than many, including the former champ, argue still belongs to ‘Bones,’ we’ve seen a far more toned down version of their once explosive timeline of conflict. Perhaps both parties realise that obsession with the enemy is unhealthy, but whatever the case there seems to be a far more cordial and somewhat mutually respectful undertone in the lead up to UFC 200.
Of course there is still the litany of confrontations that have preceded the July 9 pay-per-view showdown between Jones and Cormier, but both men have openly admitted that their hatred for each other has somewhat subsided. During a sit down interview with FOX Sports‘ Jay & Dan, ‘Bones’ addressed his upcoming UFC 200 title fight with ‘DC,’ as transcribed by yours truly.
“I don’t hate him, I just don’t like him because he doesn’t like me. How am I a bum? I’ve broken a lot of records, I took his undefeated record. I don’t see how I’m a bum. I think it’s funny that he thinks it gets to me. I haven’t reacted at all to it. It’s gonna be like that guy who refused to call Ali by his name Muhammad Ali, they called him Cassius Clay. I just remember Ali beat the sh*t out of him and he was saying ‘What’s my name?’ I might just have DC call me daddy.”
The subject also turned to UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor. The Irishman’s coach John Kavanagh recently stated that ‘The Notorious’ may seek equity in UFC stock if/when the promotion sells. Jones said he doesn’t agree with this:
“No, I don’t agree with (Conor McGregor getting a piece of equity). The UFC created Conor McGregor, and I think he forgets that. He is a magnificent talent and we are glad to have him as a part of the UFC, he’s bringing a lot of attention and recognition. At the end of the day, when he wins we win, I’m very grateful for him.”
Whether or not the UFC has even officially changed hands yet is still massively debated at this stage, but it did come as an interesting twist to hear that McGregor might ask for a piece of the $4 billion pie.
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