While many in the MMA community are focused on this weekend’s Anderson Silva vs. Michael Bisping fight and next weekend’s UFC 196 main event between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones are reminding fans about the upcoming rematch of one of the biggest grudge matches of 2015.
While the biggest grudge match of 2015 would have to be considered Conor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo, the Jones-Cormier showdown in January wasn’t far behind at all. In fact, when 2015 began, it seemed impossible to top the pre-fight tension shared between “Bones” Jones and D.C.
With 2016 still getting started, there are a host of grudge matches already scheduled, two of which will come and go within the next 8 days with UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Bisping scheduled for this Saturday evening and UFC 196: McGregor vs. Diaz taking place next Saturday.
Having said that, Jones and Cormier are back at each other’s throats on social media, with each man taking shots at the other recently.
The latest round of pre-fight trash-talk began when the following post was made, with Jones mocking the fact that D.C. is referred to as the “undisputed” UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. Obviously this is in reference to the fact that Cormier won a vacant title that was only up for grabs because Jones was stripped of the title for his personal hit-and-run incident as opposed to losing a fight inside the Octagon.
— JacksonWinkMMA (@JacksonWinkMMA) February 24, 2016
While it took a few days to respond, Cormier acknowledged Jones’ social media meme in one post where he pointed out that his family showed him the photo as a way to explain his tardy response before ultimately firing back with a visual shot of his own.
Cormier took Jones’ crack about his championship status one-level further, as he went the personal route in taking a shot at Jones’ claims that he is now sober. The recognized UFC 205-pound champion posted the following:
UFC 197: Cormier vs. Jones II is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 23, 2016. Make sure to visit MMANews.com on 4/23 for the best live UFC 197 round-by-round results coverage on the web!