Looking comfortable and relaxed, Jon Jones chose not to indulge in the usual pre-fight open workout session in front of the world’s press several hour ago, stating “I think right now there’s a little bit of a mystique about what I’ve got to offer and how I’ve progressed, and I want to keep it that way.”
Jones is having an easy time of making weight ahead of his fight with long-term rival, Daniel Cormier, but is fairly certain that Cormier is struggling a bit more witht the cut. After the infamous ‘Towel-gate’ incident that, allegedly, saw DC use an old Boxing trick to make weight, Jones was keen to allay fears about the fight not going ahead if weight was missed as Cormier still has 7.5lbs to cut, “I’ll fight him. Even if he’s five pounds over, ten pounds over, I’ll fight Daniel Cormier,” said Jones. “I feel like I can beat Daniel Cormier. I’ve put in the work, I’ve trained so far. And I feel like I can beat him whether he’s overweight or not. What is it, 20% of his purse would come to me? And I would gladly take his 20%. So I hope he’s somewhere thinking about quitting on that weight cut.”
Following the last minute scuppering of their meeting at UFC200, Dana White isn’t taking any chances with this bout, and has Jimi Manuwa on standby, but Jones was adamant he wouldn’t be facing the Brit. “I do not take last-minute fights, no matter who says what.”
What was most surprising though, was his relaxed attitude to the long-burning beef between himself and Cormier. Jones has stated in interviews that, from his side, he bears no ill-will towards DC, but their rivalry stems from Cormier misunderstanding Jone’s sense of humour on their first meeting. Jones is happy to bury the hatchett as soon as the fight is over [presumably, only if he’s the winner though].
“I think he’s a f–kin’ great guy. I mean, you guys are all in the reporting business, you get to see him a lot more than I see him. He’s funny, he has good friends and sh-t, I mean, he’s a f–kin’ good dude. So I want the best for him, I really do. I wish he was just man enough to see that he’s f–king around with the wrong era. He just so happened to come into the sport, he’s 39 years old, and he’s f–king with a guy who is in his prime. I want to be the first person to make DC quit inside the Octagon and I believe with all my heart that it’s going to happen.”
Daniel himself, meanwhile, has been speaking to MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani about his grudge against Jones. When asked about whether he thought Jones might be a serial PED user who was juiced when they first fought, Cormier swftly responded with a yes.
“I do, 100%. Physically, there were some differences, but also, logically, there were differences. Medically, there were differences. There were a lot of reasons as to why it’d point to him doing stuff like that. If he’s gonna do things to sabotage himself, why wouldn’t he do things to enhance himself? He tested positive for those two (substances), his brother tested positive for the same two things, the same exact time. There are just so many reasons to believe that he had been cheating.”
Daniel Cormier was also of the opinion that their staredown at the earlier press conference let him look into Jones’ soul. “What I saw in Jon Jones was he’s a confident man, but he’s putting on a little bit more than people would recognize until they’re two inches from his face like I saw. He may be confident, but in those eyes, I see more doubt than I have ever seen, and I believe there are a number of reasons for that.”
I dunno, DC… Time will tell, but I really do think he’s gonna be wearing his belt again, come Sunday morning.