Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier’s latest social media beef continues to pick up steam.
This latest skirmish began when Jon Jones divulged that he hopes to fight Daniel Cormier twice more before all is said and done: once to reclaim the light heavyweight title, and once to swipe Cormier’s new heavyweight belt.
“My vision is fighting him at light heavyweight first,” Jon Jones said in a recent interview with RT Sport (transcript via MMA Fighting). “I think that beating him a third time would really do something to his confidence. In his head, I feel like he thinks he can still beat me, especially because the fight was going fairly well until I knocked him out. I want to crush his confidence…
“Leading into our fourth fight, a possible fourth fight for the heavyweight championship of the world, his confidence won’t be in the right spot,” Jones concluded. “It won’t, and I think it will help me take that fourth victory over him and that heavyweight championship from him. I think I have his number.”
From there, Daniel Cormier promptly responded, reminding the world that Jon Jones failed a drug test when they last fought, and calling the former champion a cheater.
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) September 4, 2018
“Big goals for a guy that could only achieve them after he finishes getting disciplined for his 3rd drug failure!” Cormier said on Twitter. “I mean jeez this guy #Cheater”
Now, Jon Jones has fired back with his own Tweets.
“Does my big goal somehow offend you?” Jones said in his first reply to Cormier. “Why the need for name calling?”
I set you up with several attacks to your body, you begin to protect your belly so I kicked you in your head. but you’re right somehow a steroid metabolite right before the fight made me smarter. You’re the champ champ, I’ll stop dreaming now
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) September 4, 2018
“I set you up with several attacks to your body, you begin to protect your belly so I kicked you in your head,” Jones said, referencing the outcome of his second fight with Cormier. “But you’re right somehow a steroid metabolite right before the fight made me smarter. You’re the champ champ, I’ll stop dreaming now.”
Do you think Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier are destined to fight a third time?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 9/4/2018.