Even if you’ve been limiting your media content in recent weeks, chances are you’ve still seen a promo for UFC 182, which focuses on the ‘bad blood’ between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier. Of course, there was the headline grabbing press conference brawl, numerous insults and the now infamous, off air, yet recorded exchange…
Despite all this, it’s tempting to wonder whether the beef is in fact that serious, or even real. After all, drama like this has a way of selling a tee-un of pay-per-views, and fans are well accustomed to seeing ‘rivals’ quickly turn into pals after a bout.
Well, recently UFC.com asked Jones” striking coach Mike Winekeljohn for his take on the rivalry, and here is what he had to say:
“I think it’s legit,” Winkeljohn said. “There is a beef between Jon and Cormier. With that said, Jon knows how not to let that take over and make him do something stupid in the cage. A lot of guys do the opposite. They get so pissed off at somebody they start trying to man up to the guy to prove they’re tougher. It becomes a slugfest.”
Now, it should be noted that Cormier has been open about his desire to fight Jones since before he was even in the UFC. The two got off to a rocky start when the met, apparently, after Jones told Cormier he could take him down, The champion has consistently maintained he wasn’t trying to anger “DC”, but clearly, that’s not how things panned out. As Jones noted in the aforementioned interview.
“He just hated me from then on,” Jones said. “We’ve kind of been enemies every since.”
So, it certainly sounds like there’s some real animosity here, but don’t be shocked if they two hug it out after Saturday’s bout either. Chances are it’s going to be an edge of your seat kind of night.
UFC 182 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and in the co-headliner, rising lightweight Myles Jury will battle perennial contender Donald Cerrone.