It is no secret the disdain both Daniel Cormeir and Jon Jones have against one another. Both sides have brought out enough tension to produce one of the greatest rivalries in UFC history. When it comes to outside of the octagon, Jones’ troubles are well-known, and Cormier uses that towards his advantage (to a certain degree) prior to fights.
This time, however, the former UFC Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Champion will not be providing any digs on Jones. Cormier is actually looking out for Jones following the latter’s arrest a few days ago.
Jones was arrested for aggravated DWI, negligent use of a weapon and possession of an open container. Inside his car was a gun, a half-drunken bottle and traces of marijuana. Feeling stuck in his house, this came after Jones sent a message for those to stay inside. Cormier spoke to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani about the arrest and the bodycam footage that followed. It was at that moment that Cormier felt a sense of remorse.
“Seeing him get into trouble again, a lot of people in my circle text me almost celebratory, but that’s not me,” Cormier stated, via MMA Fighting. “I didn’t celebrate the kid getting into trouble again. I don’t think you should celebrate or dance on someone’s grave in their darkest moments. Because you don’t do that to people.”
Jones and Cormier’s history is well-known. The two fought against one another at UFC 182, with Jones winning via unanimous decision. After the bout, Jones tested positive for cocaine and was stripped of the belt. The two then were scheduled to fight at UFC 200, but Jones was suspended and stripped of the title again for testing positive for a banned substance. They finally faced off again at UFC 214, with Jones beating Cormier via KO. Once again, Jones was stripped of the belt for testing positive for turinabol, a case which lasted a while.
Between those bouts the two brawled on stages, called one another out on TV and did everything they could to get into one another’s heads. That is when the fighter takes over. At a certain point, someone with compassion fights back.
“Are you a human being, or does this competition take over everything? I didn’t find any joy seeing that man in that situation again because it’s just bad,” Cormier went on to say.
This is not the first time Jones has been involved with the law. In 2012, Jones was arrested and plead guilty of a DUI after driving into a pole in Binghamton. In 2015, Jones was involved in a hit-and-run after driving through a red light and crashing into two cars, one of them holding a pregnant woman. He pleaded guilty to that as well. This past July, Jones was charged with battery that involved a cocktail waitress at a strip club. He pleaded no-contest.
Cormier brought up Jones’ family, knowing how this is affecting them in the long run. He also brought up a previous video from an interview with Joe Rogan. He questioned the character of Jones, but told him he needs better people in his life. Perhaps that is the only way for Jones to change.
For now, Cormier will not bash the negative side of Jones’ decisions. He is only here to help Jones be a better person. Perhaps Jones will take that advice sooner rather than later. Jones has yet to respond following the arrest.
“It won’t change until something or the people around him change… I hate him in a lot of ways and I think a lot of it is the wasted talent and potential to be such a massive star,” Cormier said.