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Daniel Cormier on Jon Jones: I like his heel persona

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Jon Jones has engaged in a trash talking game with Daniel Cormier leading up to their Sept. 27 fight, which is something unusual for the champ.

Jones doesn’t typically talk before a fight, instead leaving most of that to his opponents (think Chael Sonnen). Cormier thinks that’s a sign that the champ is a little rattled.

“I like his heel persona. But for me, it just tells me that he’s a bit uncomfortable because this is out of character for Jon Jones. He doesn’t directly go at his opponents like he has with me. This is out of character a little bit,” Cormier said Monday as a guest on “The MMA Hour” via MMAFighting.com.

“I’m not in his mind or under his skin,” Cormier added. “But I know that he knows that he has a real fight ahead of him September 27th, so maybe he’s trying to use mind tricks on me to affect me. But, I mean, oh my goodness that is just so petty and childish. He can’t use mind games on me. I’ve deal with all this stuff for so long in my life that mind tricks don’t work. They won’t. They won’t ever work.”

Cormier also said he’s pleased Jones gave up the goody two-shoes act he tried to put on early in his career. Between the DUI and clash with Dana White, it didn’t take long for that image to dissipate. This Jones persona is much better. Now he just needs to leave his tweets up rather than delete them.

Jon Jones responds to Daniel Cormier: ‘Oh shut up please’

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The beef between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones is real.

Cormier was serving as an analyst for UFC on FOX 12 Saturday and talked about his upcoming fight with Jones. Cormier tooted his own horn, boasting about how he could beat Bones.

“I tell you fans: I have the skill, I have the confidence, I have the ability to go in there and beat the best fighter in the world,” he said on the program.

“This is what I’m made to do. This is why I’m in the UFC. I believe my style matches up great against Jon Jones. Sept. 27 is my coronation day. I’m going to be the king of the UFC and king of the pound-for-pound rankings.”

Clearly Jones was watching the show, because it didn’t take him long to respond. Here’s the tweet he sent:

It didn’t take long for Cormier to reply:

Will Cormier make good on his promises? Or will Jones shut him up? This is definitely shaping up to be one of the best fights of the year.

Jon Jones calls Daniel Cormier ‘fresh meat’ over Twitter

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Daniel Cormier is finally getting his wish and will have a shot to fight Jon Jones at the main event at UFC 178 in Las Vegas on Sept. 27, and the trash talk has already begun for the two.

Alexander Gustafsson was originally scheduled to face Jones in a rematch of their fight at UFC 165 a year ago, but he suffered a torn meniscus during training this week. The UFC announced Wednesday that Cormier will step in as the replacement fighter, which is a solution pleasing to all parties.

Cormier, who is 15-0 in his professional career, has been dying for a shot at Jones and even moved down from heavyweight to light heavyweight to prepare for the chance. He has been calling out Jones for two years.

Back in June, Jones called Cormier the tougher fighter. Dana White even said Jones preferred to face Cormier.

Now that the fight has been set, Jones is fired up. He sent this tweet in which he called Cormier “fresh meat”:

Jones has run through most of the competition within the light heavyweight division pretty easily. Cormier may give him the toughest test of all.

Jones is excited about the fight, Cormier is excited, and the fans should be, too. This will be a good one.

Jon Jones to fight Alexander Gustafsson, but thinks Daniel Cormier is tougher

Jon JonesJon Jones will be fighting Alexander Gustafsson after all.

The UFC announced Thursday that Jones will face Gustafsson in a rematch on Sept. 27. The announcement comes a few days after UFC boss Dana White said Jones preferred to fight Daniel Cormier instead of Gustafsson.

Jones confirmed that was the case, calling Cormier the “tougher fighter.” But he says he will fight Gustafsson because there is a higher demand for the fight.

“I think Cormier is the tougher fighter, but the fans want to see me fight Gustafsson,” Jones said in a statement via UFC.com.

“There was never an issue with taking the Gustafsson fight. The issue was that my brother is getting married in July and I would have preferred a later date. I didn’t want to go this early and I would have preferred to go later in October or November. It is what it is. We have a date now, Sept 27th. This was a personal decision for me. I will be at my brother’s wedding and have a proper training camp.”

So Jones will be facing Gustafsson, but the fight won’t be exactly when he wants it. You knew there had to be some catch for him.

It’s pretty clear that Dana wanted Jones to fight Gustafsson to satisfy the demand.

“Obviously Jon is right, this if the fight the fans want to see. The great thing about this is, we get Jones vs Gustafsson, and if Jones beats Gustafsson, we get Jones vs Cormier. Two great fights in the light heavyweight division with three of the baddest guys in the world: the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world and champion Jon Jones, and the number one and two contenders,” said White in a statement.

This is probably the way it should be. And White is right — after Jones beats Gustafsson, then he can fight Cormier. There’s no reason not for them to have a rematch first.

Dana White: Jon Jones wants to fight Daniel Cormier, not Alexander Gustafsson

Jon Jones beltAlexander Gustafsson gave Jon Jones probably the toughest fight of his professional MMA career, and fans have been eagerly awaiting a rematch between the two. But it sounds like Jones is more interested in fighting someone else instead of rematching with Gustfasson.

UFC boss Dana White said on UFC.com program “The Download” that Jones is interested in fighting undefeated light heavyweight Daniel Cormier, who submitted Dan Henderson at UFC 173 in May.

“Just to clear up a couple things, people think we’re in contract negotiations with Jon Jones – we’re not,” White said via MMA Junkie. “Jon Jones still has five fights left on his contract. So what we’re doing right now is trying to get him to sign the bout agreement for Gustafsson. He doesn’t want to fight Gustafsson. … Lorenzo and I have a meeting with Jones on Thursday to get him to sign the bout agreement, and he’s asking to fight Cormier instead.”

White had previously said the organization was negotiating a deal with Jones, but that’s not the holdup.

Cormier is new to the light heavyweight division and has only fought at that weight his last two fights. Previously he was the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix champion before dropping down in weight.

Why might Jones want to fight Cormier instead of Gustafsson? First off, he’s already beaten Gustafsson, even if it was by a narrow margin. Secondly, Cormier has been calling him out since last year and talking a lot of trash in the meantime. I’m sure Bones wants to teach him a lesson. It’s not like they wouldn’t have a good fight, either.

Daniel Cormier says Jon Jones is like a 16-year-old girl

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Daniel Cormier fired back at Jon Jones, who recently dismissed the heavyweight as a potential opponent.

Cormier initiated things when he again said he wanted a shot at Jones’ light heavyweight title. Jones was irked that he had to respond to Cormier.

“I hate answering questions about [Cormier],” Jones said last week at the UFC World Tour stop in Los Angeles, via MMA Junkie. “He’s just not relevant to me. There’s so many great fighters in the light-heavyweight division. He’s not even top five in his division. I’m not sure if he is.

“He has, like, 20,000 Twitter followers. He has short reach, bad cardio (and) he looked terrible in his last fight. It’s like, I’m not worried about him at all.”

[Previously: Daniel Cormier wants Jon Jones]

Contrary to what Jones says, Cormier is not irrelevant. He is one of the top heavyweight contenders in the UFC. And he doesn’t like Jones dismissing him.

“When I hear his quote, it’s like a 16-year old girl,” Cormier said during Fuel TV’s UFC 163 post-fight show, per MMA TV. “Jon Jones, grow up bud, we’re going to fight regardless of how you feel. And when we do and I’m cutting the line and you might as well pull the guard because I’m taking you down.”

This reminds me a lot of the Chael Sonnen-Jon Jones situation. Jones was initially dismissive of Sonnen, because Chael clearly did not belong in the octagon with Jones. But Sonnen managed to talk his way into a fight with Jones and got destroyed. Maybe Cormier, who also called out Jones in January, is banging the drum loud enough to get Dana White to give him a fight. I know one thing: if Cormier faces Jones, he’ll give him a much, much tougher fight than Chael ever did.

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Daniel Cormier wants Jon Jones

daniel cormierDaniel Cormier made it clear after his win over Dion Staring Saturday night that he is coming for Jon Jones.

Cormier beat Staring in Oklahoma City by second-round TKO, absolutely demolishing his opponent with an array of punches. The fight was part of Strikeforce’s final card as the promotion plans to close operations.

Cormier announced after his win that he has signed a contract to fight in the UFC. He is scheduled to fight Frank Mir first, and then he wants Jones.

“Right now I’m telling you: April 20 on FOX — I signed my UFC contract — Frank Mir, you and me, let’s do it.”

When asked whether he would drop from heavyweight to light heavyweight to face Jones, he seemed game.

“I’m going to let Jon defend his belt April 27 and then I’m going to kick his ass in the fall,” said Cormier.

Cormier currently fights as a heavyweight, so he would likely have to cut somewhere between 20-30 pounds to prepare for Jones. Or, he could wait and see if Jones comes up in weight, which is something the UFC champion has discussed doing.

Cormier is 11-0 and recorded impressive wins over Big Foot Silva and Josh Barnett in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix. His punching ability and rich wrestling background will make him a dangerous contender when he joins the UFC. I’d prefer for him to wait for Jones to move up to heavyweight rather than drop down. We also should not overlook his fight with Mir who, despite coming off a loss to Junior dos Santos, is very dangerous.