With less than two weeks remaining before their championship rematch at UFC 214, Jon Jones is having some fun at Daniel Cormier’s expense.
The Jackson-Wink MMA standout took to social media to provide an update on his weight heading into the Aug. 29 bout, and he couldn’t resist taking a jab at Cormier’s scale issues prior to his last title defense at UFC 210.
“All the discipline and hard work is paying off, was a mean 217 [pounds] today after practice,” Jones wrote on Twitter, concluding the post with the hashtags #NoShortCutsToGreatness and #CheatingAsshole.
Cormier initially tipped the scales at 206.2 pounds for his April title defense against Anthony Johnson at UFC 210. Minutes later, “DC” hit 205 pounds on the nose after stripping to make weight. However, the champ appeared to grab the privacy towel in front of him, which could have manipulated the reading on the scale. Cormier denied having any knowledge of such a technique and simply claimed he was attempting to avoid showing his “junk” to those in attendance.
The American Kickboxing Academy representative would go on to submit Johnson 3:37 into the second round of their rematch in Buffalo, N.Y. on April 8. Johnson, who retired after the bout, filed an appeal asking that Cormier be stripped of his title and fined 20 percent of his purse. The New York State Athletic Commission ultimately denied Johnson’s complaint. However, the NYSAC has updated its weigh-in policy following the Cormier incident.
Cormier and Jones initially squared off at UFC 182, with “Bones” capturing a five-round verdict. UFC 214 will mark Jones' first Octagon appearance since he defeated Ovince St. Preux at UFC 197 in April 2016.