UFC 200: Jon Jones Admits Hatred For Daniel Cormier “Not as Powerful” as Before
By FCF Staff
Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones have had one of the most intense rivalries in MMA history, but as their UFC 200 rematch nears, the latter admits things have cooled off…
Leading up to their first bout last January, Jones and Cormier repeatedly made headlines as a result of verbal exchanges they had. In addition, the light-heavyweights had a physical altercation at a pre-fight press conference, which quickly made the media rounds.
Well, in recent weeks, it’s been quite evident that the two haven’t buried the hatchet just yet, but Jones recently said this (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“It’s just a fight for me at this point, to be honest,” Jones said. “Obviously I don’t want to lose to anybody, and I’ve got a lot on the line. But as far as the genuine hatred and things like that, you know, it’s not as powerful as it was before.
“I’m still motivated, and I’m excited to stick a foot in DC’s ass, but the hatred and all the extra is not really there for me.”
Jones won their first battle at UFC 182 via unanimous decision. The two were supposed to fight in April, but Cormier had to withdraw due to an injury, and Jones decisioned Ovince Saint Preux to become interim champ,
UFC 200 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.