Jon Jones won’t enter octagon at UFC 210, wants Cormier to enjoy ‘last moments with the belt’
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Jon Jones has no intention of confronting Daniel Cormier inside the octagon should Cormier successfully defend the UFC light heavyweight title against Anthony Johnson at UFC 210 on Saturday.
On Thursday, Cormier (18-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) made a bold and direct threat toward his rival Jones (22-1 MMA, 16-1 UFC). “DC” said if the former 205-pound champ enters the octagon after his fight with Johnson (22-5 MMA, 13-5 UFC), “something bad” would happen.
Jones told MMAjunkie at a media Q&A today at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y., that he’ll be cageside for UFC 210, which takes place Saturday with a main card on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. No matter the outcome of the event, headliner Jones said he won’t enter the cage, mainly because he doesn’t wants to spoil Cormier’s night, should he win.
“I should just see what he meant by that, maybe go in there,” Jones jokingly said. “I have no intentions of going in there, harassing the guy. I want him to enjoy his moment – his last moments with the belt.”
Cormier’s attacks toward Jones didn’t stop at threats about entering the cage. The No. 2 fighter in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light heavyweight rankings also believes No. 1-ranked “Bones” shouldn’t even attend UFC 210 in person.
He said Jones should be “embarrassed” to appear at the event…