Daniel Cormier (pictured) is tearing a page out of Rashad Evans’ pre-fight playbook for his highly-anticipated scrap against UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Cormier, just as Evans did two years ago prior to his grudge match with Jones, is pulling out the F-word.
“I’d like to give an apology to the MGM Grand and all the fans and all the kids who saw that,” Jones started off.
“So fake. It’s so fake,” Cormier quickly chimed in.
“Definitely not proud of what happened today, but … what happened was, we had a face-off, it’s a very intimate, very passionate moment for a lot of fighters,” Jones continued, as if he couldn’t hear what Cormier had said. “I’ve actually never had a fighter put his hands on me by squeezing my throat. I reacted in self defense in beating up Daniel.”
“Haha. I have no idea what Jon ‘Dummy’ Jones is talking about,” Cormier countered. “Jon Jones will never bully me. Jon Jones is apologizing? Hey, I apologize for our actions, but it’s so fake. Jon Jones, he’s a fake individual. He’s a fake person and I’m gonna beat him up on September 27.”
Of course, their exchange on Twitter immediately after the scuffle far more heated than what they showed on SportsCenter.
“Come on DC where was your takedown defense?” Jones probed. “I put you on your back in six seconds.”
“I got some td def for you. Don’t ever put ur dirty face on me again,” Cormier responded. “I won’t let another man get in my face and put his forehead against mine. I will react every time. @JonnyBones next time I will slap you.”
“Put some ice on that face DC, you got lots of interviews tomorrow,” Jones wrote in closing.
If you haven’t seen the video yet, it was straight up WWE (sans the fake).
No word if the Nevada State Athletic Commission, the committee who will oversee their shootout, or the UFC will discipline them for their unprofessional antics.