Do you remember when Daniel Cormier easily disposed of Dion Staring in his Strikeforce finale and proceeded to not only call out reigning UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones (pictured), but profess he was going to “kick his ass”? And you were like, ‘Whoa, where did this animosity come from?’ And then you were like, ‘I didn’t even know they had beef.’
Well, while appearing as a guest on the MMARoasted Podcast (8:30 mark), TrauMMA Combat Apparel owner Todd Rexx was like, ‘Dude, please allow me to detail the history behind their rivalry.’
Here is the transcription of Rexx’s interview (courtesy of TapASnap):
“At the time we were sponsoring Daniel, so I went to the awards with Daniel … I sat next to Jon Jones through the entire awards, and we talked the whole time, and it seemed like he was really cool and it kinda changed my thoughts on him, for the time being.
Then afterwards, my wife had texted me during the awards to say she got a call from this dude named Lou Dibona, who told her that Jon Jones was leaving the forum, and that there was some sponsorship availability if we were interested.
So in the lobby, I was with Daniel, Daniel took a phone call, and I walked over to Jon who’s getting ransacked by people, and I told him that Lou Dibona hit us up about sponsorship and he was like, “Don’t you sponsor Daniel?”
I was like, ‘Yeah.’
He was like, ‘I don’t want to f— with nobody who f—s with him.’
And I was like, ‘Really.’
And he was like, ‘No disrespect to you, man, but if you sponsor Daniel, then I don’t want to f— with you guys.’
And I was like, ‘Wow.’
Daniel was on the phone, he hung up the phone and walked over to me and said, ‘What did he just say to you?’
I was like, ‘Don’t worry about it.’
And he was like, ‘No man, he talked s— didn’t he?’
And I was like, ‘Well, yah.’
And he was like, ‘What did he say?’
And I was like, ‘Don’t worry about it man. Let’s get something to eat.’
And he was like, ‘No man, if someone talks shit about you, I tell you.’
So I said, ‘He told me he doesn’t want to f— with TrauMMA because we sponsor you.’
And he was like, ‘He said that?’
And I was like ‘Yah.’
And he walked away.
And I was like, ‘Dude, don’t go start s—.’
And he was like half way there and he said, ‘Dude, did he really say that?’
And I was like, ‘Yah he did.’
So at that point Jon Jones and Malki Kawa are getting into a limo, and Daniel walked outside and grabbed Jon by the arm, and spun him around and was like ‘Dude, you got f—— problem with me?’
And I was like, ‘Oh my God.’
So they are facing off
Jon said, ‘Yo, I think that you, King Mo, and Rashad Evans, ya’ll full of yourselves.’ He just talked s— about Daniel.
They were like in each other’s face.
Daniel was like, ‘Mother f—– you don’t know anything about me. I’m a grown ass man. This all started when you claimed to be this wrestling aficionado, and when you met me, you didn’t know who I was. Motherf—– you knew who I was. I knew every wrestler when I was coming up.’”
I was like, ‘Dude, what happened next?’ Unfortunately, Rexx’s tale ended there. But then I was like, ‘I’m pretty sure they were split up and went their separate ways.’ Still, I was like, ‘Dude, that’s a pretty crazy story.’