Cormier and Jones attended the recent event, in advance of their April 23rd rematch, which will headline UFC 197. At first, Cormier was irked by the fact that Jones was calm, cool and collected for the fans, and claimed that the former champ had been acting the opposite prior to the event.
The light-heavyweight champ also appeared to be rattled by the fact that he was booed by some of the fans in attendance. Cormier even questioned the fans how they could boo him, considering Jones’ well documented issues outside of the cage. Well, that only prompted more boos.
“I love DC but yea,” Rockhold said. “He played into the “Jon Jones being the bad guy” role too much and let the boos get to him. Just got to block that out. Be yourself. Who cares? If the people like you, they like you. If they don’t, they don’t. If they like Jon Jones, who the f**k cares? He let that get to him, no doubt.”
“…I think he kind of lost track of what he was doing there for a second and played too far into “bad guy” Jon Jones and tried to beat him down over outside the cage [issues]. Focus on the technique. Focus on the fight and what’s going to happen. That’s all I had to say, really.”
That’s some sound advice, considering Cormier is about to face the man who many believe is the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet. A man who worked his way to a decision win over him in January, 2015, and a guy who’s only defeat to date is by DQ.
UFC 197 will be hosted by the Forum in Los Angeles. In the co-headliner, P4P contender and flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson will take on Henry Cejudo.