With the championship rematch between former UFC 205lb champ Jon Jones and current champ Daniel Cormier fast approaching, the heat between the two bitter rivals has begun to build up once more in recent weeks.
Since they last fought, at UFC 182 over a year ago, Jones has been stripped of his UFC title and suspended by the promotion he fights for after crashing into a pregnant woman’s car and fleeing the scene. Having since been reinstated, Jones found himself in the midst of legal trouble once again recently when he was charged with traffic violations.
Though the recent incident was only a minor offense, Cormier still thinks the situation is serious enough to reprimand the former champ.
“I don’t hate him. I don’t wish bad on him,” Cormier said on Fox Sports Live. “I don’t wish that he crashes into people. I don’t wish that he does all the stupid things that he does. I wish that his family didn’t have to go through all the things surrounding him, but for him, aside from all that other stuff? I can’t stand the guy.”
He added: “I’m going to look at Jon and say, ‘Jon, you said you were moving to New Mexico to grown up. To me, it seems you went to the only place that will allow you to just be reckless and have no recourse for your actions.’ He didn’t go to grow up. He’s driving 75 in a 30. The guy’s using a damn passport as a driver’s license. It’s very clear, the difference. He told the cop he didn’t know he needed insurance to drive. This is crazy. He went where he could get away with all this stuff.”
Jones and Cormier famously came to blows in the lead-up to their last fight, which Jones won via unanimous decision, during a press conference in Las Vegas. Although Cormier almost certainly won’t be looking for a repeat of the incident in its entirety, he isn’t opposed to repeating one aspect of that fateful meeting.
“Last time I threw my shoe at him so instead of leaving it on and having to take it off to throw it at him again, I’m just going to place it on the desk. If he talks too crazy I’ll throw it at him. He just says some of the most ridiculous things. It’s just he’s so stupid.”
Cormier vs. Jones 2 takes place at UFC 197 on April 23rd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.