Jon Jones recently blasted Daniel Cormier for his reluctance to fight him in New York State, but the light-heavyweight champ says “Bones” is a hypocrite for doing so.
Although pro MMA isn’t sanctioned yet in New York, the UFC is hoping to hold an event at the storied Madison Square Gardens on April 23rd. Since Jones is from NY, he’s hoping to rematch his rival at the planned event (although yes, the card is far from certain).
Cormier, however, has repeatedly said that he isn’t interested in fighting Jones in NY. According to Cormier, since he’s the champ, he should dictate where the bout takes place. “DC” has also acknowledged that he doesn’t want to give Jones any type of advantage.
Well, Jones recently argued that Cormier’s stance is “cowardly” while taking to MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani. When Cormier was asked to respond to Jones while appearing on “The MMA Hour”, the decorated wrestler stated (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“Jon was completely against it, because Jon said, ‘I’m the champion. I should decide where I want to fight,'” Cormier said, while referring to the UFC’s previous plans to have Jones rematch Alexander Gustafsson in his native Sweden. “If I’m not mistaken, it was something to that effect. It’s the same situation. I don’t understand how he can judge me differently than how he wants to judge himself. Again, it’s just Jon being Jon.”
It’s an interesting point. What’s also interesting is that Cormier went on to say that he’s going to think about fighting Jones in MSG after all…Cormier understands how historic of an event it will be–if it happens–and he conceded “it would be cool” to fight in MSG.
Guess we’ll see what happens.