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Tuesday, 07/29/2014, 08:54 am

Cormier Likes Jon Jones’ “Heel Persona”

UFC light heavyweight title challenger Daniel Cormier has been trading barbs back and forth with champion Jon Jones via social media, mainly Twitter, since their bout was first announced.

Cormier continued taking shots at Jones yesterday:

“I said time and time again that I didn’t believe [Jones] should try and protect this image that doesn’t even exist anymore. That image that he put out when he started fighting before, that’s gone. People saw through that. People know that he’s not this person that he put off he was in the beginning of his career because of all the things he’s had to deal with just in the media. He’s had to grow up a lot faster than most people did in this sport because he’s so good.

“I like his heel persona. But for me, it just tells me that he’s a bit uncomfortable because this is out of character for Jon Jones. He doesn’t directly go at his opponents like he has with me. This is out of character a little bit.

“I’m not in his mind or under his skin,” Cormier added. “But I know that he knows that he has a real fight ahead of him September 27th, so maybe he’s trying to use mind tricks on me to affect me. But, I mean, oh my goodness that is just so petty and childish. He can’t use mind games on me. I’ve deal with all this stuff for so long in my life that mind tricks don’t work. They won’t. They won’t ever work.”

(Quotes via The MMA Hour)

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