UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier have been feuding for the past few months, taking pot shots at each other through twitter and interviews for seemingly no particular reason.
In a recent appearance on The MMA Hour, Jon Jones finally revealed how their surprising rivalry got started.
“The whole story behind me and him is just so silly,” Jones explained. “I met him, and I came up to him with a big smile on my face. He’s another black guy in the sport, and I felt the need to say hello to him, and I was just like ‘hey man, I hear you’re a great wrestler’ and all this stuff, and he’s like ‘Yeah, yeah, you don’t know who I am?’ I’m like ‘No I don’t know who you are, but my coaches were telling me that you wrestle on the Olympic level.’ And I was like ‘I bet you that I could take you down.’
“It was my way of trying to develop a new friendship, and he just took it so seriously, and he was just so offended that I didn’t know who he was, and from that moment on he decided that there was a beef between us. I was just trying to reach out to him at that moment, and he just decided that there wouldn’t be a friendship between us.”
“It’s cool by me,” Jones added. “If this guy has some kind of personal vendetta or chose to have a beef with me it’s fine. It just kind of sucks because both of us being African-American guys in the sport I think we should get along and respect each other, but that’s not the case.”
The two may have a chance to settle things soon. Despite being ranked #2 in the UFC’s heavyweight division, Cormier recently made the drop to light heavyweight, where a potential title shot has been discussed at length.