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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.

Stone Cold Steve Austin: I would love to see Jon Jones get his ass kicked

Stone-Cold-Steve-AustinStone Cold Steve Austin is a big fan of the UFC, but he has a serious problem with the current light heavyweight champion. For whatever reason, Stone Cold does not like Jon Jones.

During a lengthy interview with Ariel Helwani on “The MMA Hour,” Stone Cold ripped Jones for being a hypocrite who is “living two lives.”

“I mean, you here a little stuff on the side, about his lifestyle. I mean, his lifestyle is a little bit different than what he preaches,” Austin said, as transcribed by MMA Mania. “But, as a fighter, premiere. And, God, in the light heavyweight division! And (Alexander) Gustafsson really handed him his ass and took him in the deepest water that he’s ever been in. So that’s going to be a hell of a rematch. Anyway, he kind of gets on my nerves because I think he’s living two lives. To a degree, yes (he is a hypocrite).”

Jones was extremely quiet early in his career, but the longer he has retained the championship the more he has been feeling himself. A little over a month ago, Jones hurled some homophobic slurs toward a Gustafsson fan and claimed he was hacked. He also talked trash about Chuck Liddell and Phil Davis on social media a couple of weeks later.

“Yeah, (he annoys me), but in a good way,” Stone Cold continued. “I would love to see him get his ass kicked, because it’s going to take a hell of a man to be able to do that. I come from pro wrestling, I’m not a judge; but I think he (Gustafsson) did enough last time to get that victory.

“But, what that match proved to me about Jon Jones was that when he’s in deep waters, he had the heart of a champion. So, when I say some things about Jon Jones irritate me, I respect who and what he is inside that Octagon, make no mistake about that.”

In wrestling terms, it sounds like Stone Cold thinks of Jones as the perfect heel. Jones has held the light heavyweight title for more than three years and defended it seven times, so he has earned the right to be cocky. We’ll see if he can hang onto that privilege after a rematch against Gustafsson at the end of September.

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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.

Jon Jones talks trash about Phil Davis, Chuck Liddell on Instagram

Jon Jones beltJon Jones has been talking some crap ever since beating Glover Teixeira at UFC 172 in Baltimore on Saturday night.

On his Instagram account — you know, the same account where he used some homophobic terms against an Alexander Gustafsson fan — Jones posted responses to Phil Davis and Chuck Liddell, both of whom have talked some crap about him recently.

Here’s what “Mr. Wonderful” said about Jones on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani in March:

“But I will tell you this, I don’t dislike Jon Jones. I quite like him. I think of Jon Jones as a shortbread cookie. He’s soft, he’s sweet, but when I get my hands on him he’s going to crumble in the palm of my hand, that’s what I think about Jon Jones.”

Well Davis lost to Rumble Johnson at UFC 172, so Jones posted the following video along with the words, “Crumble me like a cookie?” to his Instagram account on Monday:

Jones also brought the high heat to Chuck Liddell, who not only said Teixeira could beat Jones, but also said he could have beaten Jones.

Jones wrote this about Liddell on Instagram: “Talking all that trash before the fight.. you mad bro?”

He also posted this picture:

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Looks like Jones is really feeling himself now. Either that, or the person who’s running his Instagram account is.