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An Academic Analysis of Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier’s Trash Talk

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Last month, in an effort to see how MMA’s best and brightest verbal pugilists fared in the outside world, I assembled a panel of experts from the writing world to analyze some of Conor McGregor’s most famous quotes.

It was supposed to be a one-off exercise, but when longtime enemies Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier started sparring on Twitter again at the beginning of April, I was curious to know what my experts might say about a very different kind of MMA trash talk. Individually, they’re both intelligent men who generally express themselves quite well in verbal and tweeted communication. But when these two highly combustible elements come together, something very weird happens in the reaction, and all of that brainpower somehow devolves into pussies, bizarre homoeroticism, and flying footwear.

The pair have been almost equally entertaining and perplexing to people inside the MMA bubble for years now, but how does their vicious UFC Odd Couple vibe play to the uninitiated?

With Jones about to return to the cage against the injured Cormier’s replacement, Ovince Saint Preux, at UFC 197 tomorrow, let’s see what our experts had to say about DC and JJ’s most infamous exchanges.

The Panel:

Rhiannon Don is an academic writing instructor and a person who knows virtually nothing about MMA.

Erik Missio is the editor of two national architectural/engineering magazines and regularly writes about the conversion of technology and parenting for CBC. He has a master’s degree in journalism. While wholly unfamiliar with MMA, he was raised on a steady diet of comic-book super-villain soliloquies and pro-wrestling heel promos.

D-Sisive (aka Derek Christoff) is a 4 time Juno nominated rapper who took kickboxing at Twin Dragons Kung Fu & Kickboxing on St. Clair in Toronto, Ontario for 11 years but quit after deciding he no longer wanted to ….View full article