UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier were hoping to receive a slap on the wrist when they stood before the Nevada Athletic Commission this past Tuesday to accept their punishment for August’s brawl in the MGM Grand lobby.
Well, the NAC’s penalty stung far more than the bitter rivals expected.
Each were docked 10 percent of their guaranteed money for their impending fight, Jones got tagged with $50,000 while Cormier pays $9,000. Jones was also hit with 40 hours of community service to be completed before their January 3 fight date, while Cormier got half of that.
Jones’ punishment was more sever because the NAC believed he was the one who initiated the altercation by pressing his forehead against Cormier’s during their face-off.
UFC president Dana White wasn’t surprised that the NAC dropped the hammer on the 205-pounders.
“You have to remember what happened. These guys were involved in a fistfight in the MGM lobby,” White told UFC.com. “They’re there to promote a fight and you have people checking into the hotel, and they got into a full-blown fistfight. So it’s pretty serious.”
White might be saying the politically correct thing, but on the inside one’s got to believe he’s still over the moon about the impromptu rumble – especially since neither fighter was injured in the melee.
If you don’t think so, let’s count how many times the brawl will be used in various UFC 182 footage to promote the pay-per-view.