Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones didn’t feel sorry for Daniel Cormier when his archenemy was drowning in his own puddle of tears at the UFC 182 post-fight press conference after Jones demolished him in January, so you best believe Cormier isn’t losing any sleep now that Jones has once again found himself on the wrong side of the law.
According to Cormier, if “Bones” wants to continue to make these bonehead decisions, then he’s going to have to deal with the consequences. In Jones’ latest setback, he was arrested for hit-and-run where a pregnant motorist suffered a broken arm. The UFC proceeded to temporarily suspend Jones and strip him of his title.
“Do I feel different toward Jones? No,” a candid Cormier stated during this week’s UFC 187 media workouts. “I feel bad for his family, the people around him, but he’s making these decisions. I think it’s time for people to stop feeling sorry for this guy and make him realize that he has to get things done the right way. By feeling sorry for Jones, it’s almost like you enable the guy to continue to do bad things.
“I don’t feel sorry for him. I feel sorry for the people closest to him because these decisions don’t affect just Jon. They affect everyone around him. So no, I don’t feel sorry for Jon. I feel sorry for the lady that he hit in the car that has a baby coming. I feel sorry for his parents who have to wake up every morning and have to see those types of things in the media. I don’t feel sorry for him. He did this.”
Jones has now been arrested twice since capturing the UFC light heavyweight title in March 2011 – alcohol was the cause of his 2012 incident and marijuana was involved in April’s crash. Jones also tested positive for traces of cocaine, which he subsequently admitted to doing 31 days before beating Cormier, at UFC 182.
While Jones – and his doctors, for that matter – claimed he didn’t have a substance issue after his positive cocaine test, it’s clear as day to Cormier – and the rest of the world, for that matter – that he does.
“If there’s anything that I take from this with Jones is, he has an issue,” Cormier stated. “He has some demons. And not only because of this incident, but because of past incidents, and even the failed test before him and I fought. This is arguably the biggest fight of your career and a month before you’re doing these types of things.
“I think what we need to focus more on is him becoming a better person and fixing himself. None of us should sit here and worry about Jon Jones the athlete. You worry about Jon Jones the person because that’s what’s important right now. He has some demons and some issues he needs to take care of on that front before he can get back to all of this. This will always be here waiting for him. He’s 27-years-old. Get himself together, be a better person and then worry about the athlete.”
Cormier battles Anthony Johnson Saturday at UFC 187 for Jones’ vacant light heavyweight title.