BUFFALO, N.Y. – has no intention of confronting inside the octagon should Cormier successfully defend the UFC light heavyweight title against Anthony Johnson at UFC 210 on Saturday.
On Thursday, Cormier (18-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) made a bold and direct threat toward his rival Jones (22-1 MMA, 16-1 UFC). “DC” said if the former 205-pound champ enters the octagon after his fight with Johnson (22-5 MMA, 13-5 UFC), .
Jones told MMAjunkie at a media Q&A today at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y., that he’ll be cageside for UFC 210, which takes place Saturday with a main card on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. No matter the outcome of the event, headliner Jones said he won’t enter the cage, mainly because he doesn’t wants to spoil Cormier’s night, should he win.
“I should just see what he meant by that, maybe go in there,” Jones jokingly said. “I have no intentions of going in there, harassing the guy. I want him to enjoy his moment – his last moments with the belt.”
Cormier’s attacks toward Jones didn’t stop at threats about entering the cage. The No. 2 fighter in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie also believes No. 1-ranked “Bones” shouldn’t even attend UFC 210 in person.
He said Jones should be “embarrassed” to appear at the event while , which pulled him from a fight with Cormier just two days prior to UFC 200 this past July. But Jones said he doesn’t understand that logic.
“It was just some of the dumbest (expletive) that I’ve ever heard, really,” Jones said. “I think he’s just really upset that I’m here and kind of stole some of his spotlight. But that definitely wasn’t my intention. My intention was to come here and watch two guys that I’m fighting. But he hates me. He hates me. That’s safe to say. I annoy him a lot and it definitely works to my advantage to be so deep in this guy’s head.”
Regardless of Cormier’s feelings, Jones will be at UFC 210 to scout what will likely be his next opponent. Jones’ suspension runs out in mid-June and a matchup against the winner of Cormier vs. Johnson is the most obviously matchup to make.
Jones and Cormier have been scheduled to meet multiple times over their careers, but it’s only come to fruition once when Jones earned a in January 2015. Cormier has repeatedly said he needs to defeat Jones in order to complete his career, but Jones said he doesn’t feel the same way about the situation.
The ex-champ said regaining the title is an inevitability in his mind, but he doesn’t feel any particular attachment to taking the belt from Cormier. In fact, he said he would prefer to fight “Rumble” because he’s yet to compete against him.
“I really don’t feel like I have unfinished business with Cormier,” Jones said. “I think I have unfinished business with Anthony Johnson. We’ve had quite a few fights that fell through. But Daniel Cormier? I beat him fair and square. I’m the only guy to beat him. If anyone has unfinished business I think he has unfinished business with me. Daniel is no greater than any other person I’ve defeated.”
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