UFC put on an ugly show on Monday that will only make fans want more. Photo opportunities, such as the one UFC had on offer Monday, are great chances for the media to capture some of the most intense rivalries on film.
But the niceties didn't last long. Jon Jones immediately head butted Daniel Cormier, before the challenger grabbed the champions' throat.
Caught in the middle
Jon Jones responded by brushing aside a UFC PR guy before he ultimately failed with an attempted left hand shot aimed at Cormier.
Cormier, a two-time Olympian, obviously did not appreciate the Jones' headbutt, but Cormier's decision to grab the neck of Jones only seemed to further enrage the champion.
There may be no report of any injuries as of yet, but one man in particular was left reeling after the incident.
UFC executive Dave Sholler did his best to restrain Jones, who shoved him aside while throwing punches at Cormier. But it was the diminutive Sholler, who was trying to separate the two at the beginning of the tussle, who was most at threat as the hilarious yet brutal video below shows.
Now I know what you're thinking, yes this could and probably was all staged. But as all fans of the entertainment product that is WWE will know. Even staged moments can go wrong.
And that's certainly what happened with this possibly staged sequence of events. The stage's backdrop became torn and fell down as the fighters tumbled off stage. Jones and Cormier have bantered for years, and now their highly anticipated title fight has fans drooling even more.
After the two crashed off the stage and were separated by security, they continued their feud on social media.
"I put you on your back in six seconds," Jon Jones tweeted. While Cormier responded, "Don't ever put your dirty face on me again."
Next time it will hopefully just be the fighters in pain, as they finally get it on for good.