DC: Why I took the low road vs. Jones

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The UFC Summer Kickoff Press Conference at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas kicked off with some good news – light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones was official for UFC 214 on July 29, 2017, at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Then it descended.

“Is this guy gonna mess this up again by doing steroids or snorting cocaine or sandblasting prostitutes?” asked Cormier, of Jones. “Will he be in Anaheim? Or will he do cocaine?”

Jones comeback was equally low.

“I beat you after a weekend of cocaine,” he bragged.

During an appearance on Brett Okamoto’s 5ive Rounds podcast, Cormier explained why he is taking the low road.

“Why?” asked Cormier, as transcribed by Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting. “Even after UFC 200 I didn’t go and just start ripping Jon after that fight happened and I had to fight Anderson under those circumstances. I took the high road, as I’ve done on a number of occasions. But why? Why should I still continue to do this because I feel as though the things that he’s done have not only affected him but it does really affect me, not only financially but it’s affected negatively on my career at this point.”

“It’s not like this is anything that’s untrue. Everything I say is really true. I’m not saying anything that I’m just making up. All this stuff is true. So if the truth hurts, then don’t let that be your truth anymore. But it’s just the truth so if I want to tell the truth, everybody doesn’t have to like my truth, because I know it.”

“I said yesterday that a person that would do something negative to themselves right before a fight would be willing to do something that would help him going into a fight. That’s just my thought, that’s my opinion. Also, I just don’t feel like the things that, from our first fight, the month before, I don’t know if it’s hormones or testosterone levels were all jacked and turned around. We’re up in the Bay Area and [coach Javier Mendes] knows that Victor Conte guy and that guy was talking to Jav and Jav was repeating all this stuff to me about levels and how it points to some pretty shifty stuff but I just let it go. I lost the fight. Whatever, you won.

“But to go out there and put on all this muscle before you fight Ovince [Saint Preux], physically he looked better than I’d ever seen him look – physically, to the blind eye -and then fight a little lethargic, a little slow, he seemed a little less sure of himself than he did before. Then to come back the next fight and have all the things that would be found if someone was trying to mask something, with all the history, I say yeah. I feel like the Ovince Saint Preux fight he said, ‘You know, USADA’s around, I should probably do this clean.’ So he did it with the weight lifting and when he didn’t feel as himself in that fight, I feel he said, ‘I don’t want to lose to Daniel so I’m just gonna chance it,’ and he tried to chance it and he got caught. That’s my thought.”

And Cormier is not done.

“I’ve saved a little bit,” he said. “You can’t just throw it all out there, you’ve got to let some stuff linger for a little bit.”