Jones (25-1 MMA, 20-1 UFC) is at the moment in a feud with UFC president Dana White over a discrepancy in pay that stemmed from Jones’ request for a rise to maneuver as much as heavyweight to struggle Francis Ngannou.
White claimed that Jones requested for an absurd amount of cash, which Jones denied and accused White of mendacity. Their relationship continued to bitter over a interval of days final week, leading to Jones asking for his launch and even suggesting that Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz struggle for the vacant 205-pound title.
The way in which Cormier views the scenario, Jones already has tasted what it’s like with out the belt after being stripped 3 times due to numerous troubles. Which implies Cormier doesn’t assume Jones would have a problem letting go of his title belt.
“I imagine that he’s extra severe about strolling away as a result of in all these occasions that he was suspended and damage and all that different stuff, gone, he type of realized stay with out that belt,” Cormier mentioned on ESPN. “For a very long time he held the belt, however when he beat me the primary time, for therefore lengthy that when he misplaced that belt, he in all probability thought his world was ending.
“However then he was gone for 2 years, and life in all probability didn’t appear all that completely different. So he’s in all probability life proper now and understanding that, ‘If I stroll away from this belt, is my life actually going to alter all that a lot?’ And I believe that offers him consolation in having the ability to say issues that he’s saying. So, to a level, I do imagine he’s severe.”
Cormier, a former twin UFC champion and Jones’ most heated rival, is aware of a factor or two about being in a serious struggle, drawing huge pay-per-view numbers in his two fights with Jones.
Whereas he commends Jones for understanding his price, Cormier sees the scenario as a standard problem in all sports activities, simply dealt with in a barely completely different method within the UFC.
“You’ve received egos, proper? Each of those guys have huge egos,” Cormier mentioned. “Not many individuals stand as much as Dana White on this means, and Jon Jones feels as if he’s so precious, that Dana White shouldn’t stand as much as him in that means. It’s extra public than regular, however in the event you assume negotiations in soccer, baseball, basketball don’t resemble this, ‘Properly, I’m strolling away,’ after which they arrive again to the desk, you’re insane. It occurs at each stage in each single sport, simply not as publicly. It’s hidden behind an entire bunch of lovely phrases.
“I don’t assume he’s improper. The man actually understands his worth. He’s gonna keep on with his weapons. Good for you, however I additionally assume this occurs at each stage and with each single sport – simply not as publicly.”