Light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has sent a stern warning to Jon Jones ahead of UFC 210.
Cormer defends his throne against Anthony Johnson Saturday night in Buffalo. Not-so-coincidentally, Jones will be hosting an autograph and photo session at a local Buffalo bar that afternoon. When Jones wraps his fan meet and greet, he’ll have plenty of time to hail an Uber, because we all know Jones driving after leaving a bar is not in his best interest, to watch Cormier and Johnson fight for his title.
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) April 4, 2017
If he does decide to grab a seat inside KeyBank Center, Cormier says he best not dare step into the cage to challenge the winner – especially if it’s Cormier.
“He better not come in my cage after I win,” Cormier said during Thursday’s media workouts. “He’s not welcome in there. He’s still suspended. When he’s eligible to fight, he can walk in the cage. But if he dares to step foot in that octagon, something bad will happen.”
Jones, the most decorated light heavyweight king in UFC history, was stripped of his title after a felony hit-and-run arrest in 2015. It was the latest in a long list legal blunders for Jones.
Cormier went on to submit Johnson for Jones’ vacant title two years ago.
“[The New York area] is where he’s from, I get it,” Cormier said. “But if it was me and I was in his situation, I wouldn’t be here. First of all, whoever made an after-party for a recovering alcoholic has to be the smartest human being on the planet. I mean, come on. I’m dumbfounded. You put that guy in a party situation? Good luck.”
After his reinstatement, Jones was then slapped with a one-year suspension after testing positive for clomiphene and letrozole, a form of Tadalafil, just days before his UFC 200 rematch with Cormier.
He denied any wrongdoing and fingered a contaminated “dick pill” he received from teammate Eric Blasic that Jones believed to be Cialis.
While Jones managed to sidestep a two-year ban, the longest available for someone how tested positive for a performance-enhancer for the first time, Cormier believes Jones was trying to cheat and got away with one.
“I know what you did. We all know what you did,” Cormier stated. “You know, you’re 27 years old and you need sex pills? You’ve got real issues. I’m 38 and I don’t have that problem.”
Jones is eligible to return to action July 6. Until then, Cormier claims “Bones” is irrelevant.
“The guy is the most talented human being I’ve ever competed against,” Cormier admitted of his nemesis. “The guy is so good in every aspect of fighting, but for him to have done the things he’s done to limit the history he was making, it’s crazy. It’s sad.
“But at the end of the day, I have to worry about myself and Anthony Johnson. You guys care about Jon Jones. We don’t. He’s a non-factor.”