UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones (pictured) took his beef with Daniel Cormier to the mainstream when he appeared as a guest on Wednesday’s episode of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
As expected, Jones was asked about Monday’s impromptu brawl with Cormier at the UFC 178 Media Day inside the MGM Grand lobby.
Jones essentially blames his September 27 opponent for the rumble by saying Cormier’s “not used to fighting in big fights” and “[Cormier] let his emotions get the best of him” by “karate chopping” Jones in the neck. Jones failed to mention that he was the one who initiated the contact by pressing his forehead against Cormier’s during their face-off.
As for how their rivalry started, Jones said Cormier let his pride get the best of him back in the day.
“I had no problem with him at first,” Jones said. “I met him backstage at [UFC 121], and I heard he was an Olympic wrestler, and I wrestled at a junior college and won nationals for junior college, so obviously he probably has an advantage being an Olympic-level wrestler.
“So I go up to him just trying to start a conversation, and I’m like, ‘Olympics, huh?’ And he’s like, ‘Yeah, I wrestled in the Olympics.’ I was like, ‘I bet I could take you down any day.’ And he just – I mean, I had no idea he’d be so prideful. He took some serious offense to the fact that I didn’t know who he was initially. And I didn’t respect his Olympic medal, he took fourth.”
“I’m not sure what you get when you get fourth. What do you get?” Jones asked Kimmel.
Kimmel chimed in, “Nothing. You just get the ribbon, with no medal attached to it.”
“So, yeah. I guess he was upset I didn’t respect his ribbon,” Jones chuckled.
Zing! Good play off Kimmel’s line, Jonny.
Jones and Cormier meet at UFC 178. Let’s hope the scrap lives up to all the pre-fight festivities.
Please click the media player below to watch Jones’ interview: