UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has no misgivings that he’s in for a tough fight with Jon Jones at UFC 200, where he will look to unify his belt with the interim title that Jones hold. But just as much as he believes Jones is still one of the best fighters in the world, Cormier also feels that the years of trouble outside of the Octagon have weighed heavily on Jones, pushing his virtual age well beyond his 28 years.
“He’ll be tough, he’ll always be tough,” Cormier said during last week’s UFC 200 media conference call. “He’s a good fighter, but 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.”
Cormier was, of course, taking a dig at Jones’ in-Octagon skills perhaps waning. To be sure, Jones has carried much heavier weight on his shoulders than most twenty-something’s have, mostly due to his own poor decisions, something he readily admits.
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Jones has been involved in a car crash that earned him a DUI, he’s tested positive for cocaine, he was arrested for a felony hit-and-run accident that injured another driver, amongst other transgressions.
When it comes down to Jones’ performance in the Octagon, Cormier believes that the outside of the Octagon choices that Jones has made are finally catching up to him in the Octagon.
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