Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier have continued their war of words, leading up to their rematch this Saturday at UFC 214, and one aspect of that battle is starting to wear on “Bones”.
The rivals have been trading verbal shots and insults for several years now, and Cormier has repeatedly targeted Jones’ character. Since UFC 200 last July, however, Cormier has taken a new angle with his attacks. The light-heavyweight champ has accused Jones of using steroids, following the latter’s USADA flag for hydroxy-clomiphene and Letrozole, which punted their bout days before it was set to happen.
Now, Jones and his team were able to demonstrate that a tainted, sexual enhancement pill was behind the flag. But, Cormier has repeatedly alluded to the incident, as to why he believes Jones will no longer be the same fighter (the accusation being the former 205 champ used PEDs in the past).
Well, during a recent media call to promote their rematch this Saturday, Jones had this to say about Cormier’s comments (quote via MMA Fighting):
“This is the first time I’ve competed against someone who is literally just fighting to prove that I’m a bad guy. F*ck it, call me the bad guy. I’m not fighting to be the good guy. I’ve never had anyone just attack — I mean, look at those interviews, it’s always the same sh*t. Now he’s trying to freaking convince the world that I did steroids. That actually gets to me a little bit, because I think deep down this motherf*cker knows that I wouldn’t do steroids. Come on now, come on now. Being the youngest champion (in UFC history), you mean to tell me I’m smart enough to outsmart f*cking USADA and f*cking the Nevada Athletic Commission for 10 years? But I failed a cocaine test? I’m a mastermind steroid user that beat all these guys for 10 years? He knows in his heart that I didn’t do steroids.”
It will be interesting to see how, or if this pre-fight drama will effect Jones’ performance. Does the renowned fighter fight better when he’s emotionally riled up?
UFC 214 will be hosted by Anaheim, California.