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Daniel Cormier - Jon Jones II is Officially Booked

UFC Presser Daniel Cormier - Jon Jones II is Officially Booked
Vera Richards | 14 May, 2017, 00:24

Jon Jones says he blew lines all weekend long before beating Daniel Cormier at UFC 182 back in 2015.

That bout, however, never took place. He never beat me, so the belt that he has over there, it's an imaginary belt. "He's over there. But is he really going to be in Anaheim?" "Is this guy really going to go to the fight? Is this guy gonna mess this up again, doing steroids and snorting cocaine?"

"In order to be the champion, you have to beat the champion".

There will surely be repercussions for both fighters, as trash talk is encouraged by the UFC but athletic commissions tend to come down hard on athletes who actually get violent outside of the octagon.

Cormier was supposed to defend his belt against Johnson at last December's UFC 210 but pulled out with another injury.

Since that first fight, the paths taken by Cormier and Jones could not have been more different.

"We're back stage and he looks over at me and staring and I look at him and give him a smirk". As they faced off in a Las Vegas hotel lobby, Jones pressed his forehead against Cormier's, which led to Cormier shoving Jones by the throat. Jones asked. "He has the belt".

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As it was, Jones was unable to confirm Friday that his fight with Cormier would be the main event at UFC 214.

It's not clear yet whether Nunes-Shevchenko or the men's bantamweight title bout between champion Cody Garbrandt and former champion T.J. Dillashaw will be the main event to cap International Fight Week.

This will finally culminate White's dream from 15 years ago about redoing the Tuesday Night Fights show that was a staple of USA Network programming in the 80s and 90s.

UFC has yet to finalize where it will place the middleweight title fight between Orange County-trained champion Michael Bisping of England and Cuba's No. 1 contender, Yoel Romero.

The last fight which was announced, and almost took place early, was a lightweight showdown between Kevin Lee and Michael Chiesa, which resulted in both men leaving early after a near brawl.

"F*ck no", Jones said.

Chiesa said Lee "looks like some dork who got kicked out of Woodstock", after Lee made fun of his mullet. Obviously I'm not going to pull any punches.

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