Friday afternoon prior to the UFC 214 ceremonial weigh-ins, UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier's team was involved in a verbal spat with Arthur Jones, the eldest brother of former light heavyweight kingpin Jon Jones.
Jones appears totally focused on his task at hand this weekend, but speaking to reporters yesterday at the UFC 214 open workout sessions he addressed some of the comments that Gustafsson had made about him. Then in July of 2016 he was banned for a year from competing by USADA after he tested positive for a banned substance.
DC claimed that Jones "looked like a bum" in his last fight against Ovince Saint-Preux because he wasn't using PEDs, which prompted Jones to lift his shirt and flaunt his six-pack to fans and members of the media. He was a 23-year-old kid, and then it just became a part of who he was. Jones would go on to be suspended for his role in a hit-and-run accident, with the two men never having met in the cage prior to his retirement. "That was genuine, man".
"There's no respect from me for these guys at all as martial artists, none at all". I got caught up in my own s**t. "There was no way to win in that situation, but I had to take the criticism for it". What I concluded was I didn't take anything seriously.
Something clicked in between the second and third round for Jones. "Because I see all the traps, the excess - from girls to new friends".
"I was winning fights while partying, and I just started to think like, I just started taking everything for granted and making mistakes", explained Jones.
Cormier reigned atop the division for most of Jones' absence, but he realized his glittering title belt was affixed with an enormous asterisk. "The redemption isn't the championship anymore..."
ANAHEIM - Jon Jones seized redemption and his UFC title Saturday in the form of a perfectly placed left head kick. Saturday night will be about their rivalry, Sunday morning will be about their legacy. But Wednesday's press conference was pretty entertaining. "I feel like we've been there for the guy every time he's had a problem, and for him to do that at UFC 200, I was just..." Because if you look at all the things I have done in my career, I've done it all, outside of beating Jon Jones. I live in what's important. "He's a massive dude, it would be a massive draw, really big for the sport".
"I want to thank Daniel for being my biggest rival and my biggest motivator", Jones said. Yet, the UFC fans likely get the August boxing mismatch rather than the Jones-Cormier II pay-per view.
What's his secret? Well, he said he took some of Cormier's advice and cut out the power-lifting that he started doing when he was suspended for fleeing the scene of a auto crash in late 2015 and early 2016.