The main event of next Saturday’s UFC 200 will be a title unification bout as interim light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will look to become the undisputed UFC light heavyweight champion once again when he has a rematch with current UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier.
The first meeting between the light heavyweights took place at the beginning of 2015 at UFC 182 and Jones won by unanimous decision. A couple of months after that fight, Jones was stripped of the title due to issues outside of the sport and Cormier ended up winning the vacant title at UFC 187 against Anthony Johnson.
The rematch between Jones and Cormier was initially scheduled to take place in April at UFC 197. However, Cormier had to pull out of the fight and Jones ended up defeating Ovince Saint Preux by decision to claim the interim UFC light heavyweight title. Shortly after that victory, it was announced by the UFC that Jones and Cormier would headline UFC 200. During the kickoff press conference for the fight, Cormier called Jones a “bum” multiple times and does this bother Jones?
“Absolutely not. How am I a bum? I don’t get it,” Jones said on Fox Sports Live. “I have broken a lot of records. I have taken his undefeated record. I have won more light heavyweight championships than he has. I have been doing pretty well throughout my whole career so I don’t see how I am a bum. I think it’s funny that thinks it gets to me. I saw him doing a TMZ interview and they asked, ‘which insult gets to Jon the most? I think me calling him a bum.’ So far, I have not reacted at all to it, but that is what he wants to call me.”
“I’ve been thinking. I remember one of the guys use to call Ali — they refused to call Ali, Muhammad Ali,” Jones continued. “They were calling him Cassius Clay and I remember Ali beat the [expletive] out of the guy and was like, ‘what’s my name? Say my name.’ I may just have DC call me Daddy on the night of the fight.”
Check out Jones’ complete interview from Wednesday night’s edition of Fox Sports Live below.