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Daniel Cormier: Lifestyle made Jon Jones ‘a middle-aged man at 28’

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The way Daniel Cormier sees it, the Jon Jones we saw against Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 197 is the fighter we’re going to witness from now on.

A bulked-up Jones plodded methodically through his unanimous decision victory over Saint Preux in Las Vegas, a far cry from the fluid and dynamic striker fans have come to expect over the years.

Jones attributes this to a simple case of ring rust (it was his first fight in nearly 16 months) and of adjusting to a last-minute change in opponents (OSP substituted for an injured Cormier).

But Cormier believes that when the two tangle for the UFC light heavyweight title in the main event of UFC 200 on July 9, we’re going to see the same Jones we saw against Saint Preux.

“He’ll be tough, he’ll always be tough,” Cormier said during a Thursday conference call. “He’s a good fighter. But, you know, nothing’s free. Nothing’s free. So, the Jon that showed up against Ovince Saint Preux is the guy who’s going to be in the Octagon on July 9.”

As Cormier sees it, the partying lifestyle that led Jones into various legal troubles and ultimately caused him to be stripped of the championship last year has taken a toll on Jones. While Jones appears to be in the prime of his athletic career at age 28, Cormier says there are a lot of miles on the tires.

“All the partying, all the other stuff, you have to pay for that, and now we’re seeing where, it’s starting to take a toll. It’s time for all the outlandish living and burning the candle at two ends, and now we’re getting to the middle where it starts to burn out. So that’s who he is today. He’s not the guy from before. He ….View full article

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