The light-heavyweights have been booked to fight in the headliner of the July 9th card, after their UFC 197 rematch fell through last weekend, due to Cormier getting injured. Jones, as you know, decisioned late replacement Ovince Saint Preux to lock up another scrap with the champ.
Lately both Cormier and Jones have actually had some complimentary things to say about each other, and at the press conference, there were moments where they praised each other’s fighting abilities. But, there were also spots where they took deep, deep digs. Case in point, here is what Jones had to say about Cormier (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“If he was great, he would’ve beaten Cael Sanderson in college. If he was great, he would’ve made weight in the Olympics. If he was great, he would’ve beaten me the first time. I’ve never lost a fight. So let him be confident. He can beat these other guys all day. He’s not beating me.”
Ouch. Now, really, at the end of the day, Cormier is going to go down as a great, combat sports athlete. After all, he is a ridiculously decorated wrestler who since transitioning into MMA, won Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Grand Prix, and the UFC’s 205 belt. His only loss is to Jones. He’s defeated contenders like Anthony Johnson and Alexander Gustafsson.
But, if “DC” can’t defeat Jones, that will always hang over his head, and he would likely even admit that.
UFC 200 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.