Daniel Cormier Responds To Jon Jones: He’s Maturing

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UFC 214 Daniel Cormier vs Jon Jones
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Daniel Cormier is impressed with the way Jon Jones is carrying himself ahead of his vacant heavyweight title fight against Ciryl Gane at UFC 285.

Cormier and Jones were fierce rivals during the former’s fighting days. They fought twice in their careers, with ‘Bones’ winning both times, the second one by TKO in the third round, but the fight was later ruled a no-contest after the Albuquerque native tested positive for a banned substance.

Since retiring from MMA, ‘DC’ has become an integral part of the UFC’s broadcast team and will be in the commentary booth when his rival fights for the heavyweight title. In a recent tweet, Jones said that he backs the former two-division champ to do a fair job, despite the fact that he has been accused of being biased in the past.

“DC you are more than welcome to commentate at my fight, I think you are really good at what you do,” Jones tweeted. “I trust that you would be non-biased. All the best brother.”

Daniel Cormier On Jon Jones

Speaking on his YouTube channel (as transcribed by MMA Junkie), Cormier said that Jones’ recent comments are proof that he is maturing.

“You guys know how I feel about Jones and how we have felt about each other in the past,” Cormier said. “But it leads me to this question: How do I take this? This particular tweet, which at times feels like a compliment, but also could be interpreted as a bit of a dig – considering at times, people call me biased in my commentary and all this other stuff. … First, just for the record, I don’t really need permission to call someone’s fight.

“I’ll be honest with you, it’s kind of nice hearing a fighter acknowledge, that even with our history, he believes that I can do him justice and do the job fairly – because I’ve done it before. It seems now that Jones is maturing. He seems to be taking a much different approach to the build to the fight and how he’s approaching everything. But it feels nice for him to acknowledge, ‘I think this guy could do me justice.’”

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