UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones (pictured) and Daniel Cormier stood before the Nevada Athletic Commission Tuesday to discuss their impromptu brawl inside the MGM Grand lobby on August 4.
The room was packed with media members as the bitter rivals explained and apologized for their unprofessional behavior at the UFC 178 media day.
After the commission replayed the rumble on the big screen, Jones’ attorney asked for leniency because his client has never been involved in this kind of altercation in the past.
When the committee asked Jones what he thought his punishment should be, Jones said it would likely be financial. Jones revealed he already lost his sponsorship deal with Nike over the brawl, worth over six-figures, as well as some other potential sponsors.
Unfortunately for Jones, his endorsement losses didn’t satisfy the commission. They voted unanimously to fine “Bones” $50,000 and issued him 40 hours of community service for his part in the ruckus.
“The fact that this needs to be completed before the fight is definitely going to have effect on my camp. I respect the commission though,” Jones posted on Twitter minutes after receiving his punishment. “40 hours of community service in Vegas with a fight coming up is the only thing that really concerns me.”
Cormier faced the firing squad moments later, where he cried self defense because it was Jones who initiated contact. Cormier revealed he has lost 10 out of 35 kids in his youth wrestling program because “some people don’t want to be associated with that type of behavior.”
After some deliberation, the committee agreed they should remain consistent with their financial fines. Cormier was docked $9,000, 10 percent of his guaranteed show money like Jones.
Perhaps the biggest discrepancy here is that Jones has to complete all of his community service hours in Las Vegas before January 3, while Cormier can do his in his hometown of San Jose.
However, because they felt Jones was more culpable for the melee, Cormier only has to complete 20 hours of community service.
Tensions have been running high between the pair for years, and it came to a head, literally, when they squared off for a photo opp.
Jones pressed his forehead against Cormier’s during their face-off, which “DC” quickly took exception to by shoving Jones back. Jones then charged at Cormier, winging and seemingly missing a left heymaker.
The rumble went to the ground as they were pulled apart by countless security.
Cormier flung his shoe across the lobby, but missed, after the rumble died down.
The archenemies were slated to headline Saturday’s UFC 178 event in Las Vegas, but the scrap got postponed until UFC 182 after Jones underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee he suffered during training.
Their new January 3 fight date goes down in Las Vegas, the scene of the original crime.