Brawl To Give Jones vs. Cormier Major PPV Bump? Former Champ Says Yes
“It looked real to me. A fight is a fight. If you want to get in someone’s head, that’s the best way to do it. Cormier stood his ground. I would have done the same thing, both ways, as Jones or Cormier. What we do is real. It’s real competition and we’re fighting for our lives pretty much. We’re trying to hurt each other. You get two alpha males that want to be the best in the world and there you go. I was really surprised it happened, though. This usually doesn’t happen.”
“At the end of the day, I think it’s good for the sport. That’s just me. This goes back to Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson. This goes back to me and Ken Shamrock. Me and Chuck Liddell. People tune in for this because they want to watch it. Everybody has an opinion. Why did Jones react like that? Is he afraid and overcompensated for it? This probably adds about 500,000 pay-per-view buys. The fight without this would have sold maybe 500,000. It will hit the 1 million mark now.”
On ESPN’s “The Weigh-In” former UFC light-heavyweight champion, Tito Ortiz discussed the brawl between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier and how he thinks it will impact UFC 178’s numbers.