Earlier this month prior to UFC 196 the UFC previewed the next several months of events with the ‘UFC Unstoppable’ press conference, which featured several fighters that will be headlining events in the near future.
The majority of the press conference however centered around Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier, who ahead of their UFC 197 rematch, continued to throw verbal blows at one another. One thing that stuck out about the pair’s verbal exchanges was that when Cormier would get the microphone to talk, the audience would ‘boo’ him.
DC’s teammate, Luke Rockhold, spoke in a video interview with Jonathan Shrager about the situation.
“I love DC, but he played into the ‘Jon Jones being the bad guy’ role too much, and let the boos get to him. Just gotta block that out and be yourself, who cares? If the people like you, they like you. If they don’t, they don’t. If they like Jon Jones, they like Jon Jones, who the fuck cares? I…Yeah…He let that get to him no doubt.”
When asked if he spoke to DC after the press conference to help calm the light heavyweight champ down, Rockhold continued:
“A little bit, there’s not much to say at this point. I think he lost track of what he was doing there for a second. Played too far into the bad guy Jon Jones, and tried to beat him down outside the cage. Focus on the technique, focus on the fight, and what’s going to happen. That was all I had to say really to him.”