Conor McGregor might not be appearing at UFC 200 but that’s not to say the event on July 9 will be without its exciting contests.
Jon Jones will take on Daniel Cormier - who he beat at UFC 182 - and the new UFC interim light heavyweight champion stoked the fire by flipping Cormier the bird after beating Ovince Saint Preux.
As he left the cage, Jones aimed the gesture towards his upcoming opponent, who was on commentary duty.
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“It was just me being a jerk,” Jones said on the FOX Sports 1 post-fight show. “I wanted to give him the finger. I don't know why. I don't know what he said commentating throughout my fight.
“He may have been really nice, and now I'm the jerk, or he may have been talking trash. Either way I wanted to cover my end by just saying you know what I said."
Jones throws Cormier the finger
As it turns out, Cormier was being a jerk. The current light heavyweight champion was supposed to fight Jones at UFC 197 but a leg injury forced him to pull out.
Still, Cormier had a lot to say about the fighter who has handed him his one and only loss in mixed martial arts.
“He got the job done,” Cormier said the post-fight show. “A lot of times, most guys, they don’t have their best performance, they lose. They don’t get it done. So it shows how special Jon is.
“That being said, very disappointed that I didn’t get to compete tonight because I do believe that if he showed up in the form that he did tonight, or if this is the new Jon Jones, there’s no way that guy can beat me.”
UFC president Dana White admitted that the Jones-Cormier rematch could be the main event at UFC 200 after McGregor’s removal from the bill.
That depends on the health of both fighters. Jones said he left the Saint Preux bout with some injuries while Cormier is still recovering from his leg injury.
Regardless, both increased the anticipation of the fight with their reactions last night.