Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier could face charges upto $250,000 for their brawl at a press conference in the lead to their now-cancelled UFC 178 fight.
The two light heavyweight foes came to blows at a media event inside the MGM Grand Hotel and set social media ablaze with hype for the planned fight.
However, despite the buzz that it generated the Nevada State Athletic Commission is looking to charge the two anywhere up to $250,000 for “reflecting discredit to unarmed combat.”
A quarter million mistake?
According to MMAJunkie.com, the hearing is set for Tuesday 23rd September and the NSAC could charge them the $250,000 as well as their fight purse for the proposed fight at UFC 178.
The NSAC is saying both fighters are culpable for “engaging in an act or conduct that is detrimental to a contest of unarmed combat” and conducting themselves “in a manner reflecting discredit to unarmed combat.”
This is based on their statutes for disciplinary action in face of actions taken in "the preparation for a contest or an exhibition of unarmed combat” or “any other action taken in conjunction with a contest or an exhibition of unarmed combat.”
“The unsportsmanlike brawl between Jones and Cormier affected various people on the stage and in the hotel lobby.” The complaint also states.
For a heat-of-the-moment action that spiralled from Jones' pushing his head against Cormier, to Cormier shoving Jones to Jones swinging for Cormier and the two ending up a mess - the proposed cost is huge.
While $250,000 is the extreme option, it's still a possibility and who has to pay the fine is yet to be declared, with that decision also being announced at the hearing on the 23rd September.
Would the UFC cover them?
Whether the NSAC is ready to charge either or both fighters is not clear but based on the buzz that the brawl generated, the UFC may try and cover some of the costs for the fighters - especially as that's likely to be two fight purses for Cormier.
For Jones, who earned a purported $400,000 to show for his fight with Glover Teixeira, the money is likely isn't as much as an issue, especially when you factor in that he could make a million or more from this fight with Cormier.
Yet still, the clash between the two is only going to pick up more steam once Jones has recovered from his knee injury and the two get back onto the media circuit.
They don't care if they're face to face or in completely different rooms - the two just clash everywhere they do and if the UFC and their agents path it right, one of them is on the path to superstardom.
Jones is already considered one of the greatest athletes to compete in MMA and his persona and trash talking could see him become the Muhammad Ali of MMA if it goes well and is marketed properly.
It's not uncommon to hear Dana White say "these two guys just don't like each other" and yet for the first time in a while it just feels real.
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