Jon Jones once again became the talk of the mixed martial arts world this week, as the troubled former UFC light heavyweight champion appeared before the California State Athletic Commission to answer for his latest drug-test failure.
But the fighter whose story has been most tied to Jones says he wasn’t watching.
Current champion Daniel Cormier told TMZ on Friday that he’s been busy filming the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter and preparing for his UFC 226 challenge of heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic, so he doesn’t have time to look back in his rear-view mirror at Jones.
“I wasn’t watching,” Cormier told TMZ about the commission hearing. “I was filming the show. I honestly haven’t paid that much attention to it. I told you guys I moved on. I have to move on.
“I have disconnected myself from that man and his issues. Once things have sorted out then I guess I’ll pay attention again.”
Jones, who has run afoul of both the law and of MMA’s regulators many times over the past several years, failed a post-fight drug test after UFC 214, in which he had knocked out Cormier to regain the title. The bout was later ruled a no-contest and the belt returned to Cormier.
On Tuesday, Jones had his fighters license revoked by California and was fined $205,000. The move was viewed in many circles as a punt to USADA, which will also sanction Jones as the UFC’s anti-doping partner. USADA could suspend Jones as long as four years as a repeat offender.
“I don’t feel bad for him,” Cormier said. “Again, he put himself in all these situations. They were not forced on you. That’s his reality now.”
Cormier is especially not going to pay Jones much mind when he’s got the challenge of the greatest heavyweight champion in UFC history in front of him.
“I’ve got bigger fish to fry: Stipe Miocic, and becoming two-division champion,” Cormier said. “Maybe [Jones will] get an opportunity to take both belts from me or something, I don’t know.”