"It's simply a fight for me personally at this time, in all honesty," Jones said of his grudge match with Cormier at ufc 200.
The rivalry between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier might have peaked. For a long time, both men have traded insults in interviews and on social media, taunting face-to-face at weigh-ins, staredowns, and inside the Octagon even.
UFC 182, which noticed both men challenge for the light heavyweight tournament in 2015, only appeared to intensify things. Jones strolled away victorious, keeping his belt for the 8th time and mocking 'DC' along the way. 'Bone fragments', however, in Apr was soon stripped of the subject following a hit-and-run occurrence, this past year and Cormier was crowned the new champ after submitting Anthony Johnson at UFC 187.
Cormier acquired his tournament accolades by defending the name in a back-and-forth warfare against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 192, while Jones was reinstated to the roster and prepared to reclaim his throne.
Jones vs. Cormier II was likely to happen at UFC 197, but Cormier was required to grab of the bout with a ft . injury. Instead, 'Bone fragments' took on late-replacement Ovince Saint Preux in the new main event and strolled house with the interim 205-pound name.
Both light heavyweights will now headline UFC 200, and Jones is all but burnt-out with the garbage talk.
"It's simply a fight for me personally at this time, in all honesty," Jones informed MMAjunkie. "Obviously I don't want to reduce to anybody, and I've acquired a lot at risk. But so far as the original things and hatred like this, you know, it isn't as powerful as it used to be before.
"I'm still encouraged, and I'm thrilled to keep a ft . in DC's ass, however the hatred and everything the excess is not there for me personally really."
Jones, who was simply one of MMA's most questionable figures this past year, says he has found other motivations to help him plan the rematch.
"Personally i think like I've enough to struggle for: My redemption tale, my legacy, getting my belt back again - those ideas stimulate me and motivate me," Jones said. "Hatred for DC, it certainly doesn't give me that a lot more at this time. I put a deal with with Ovince Saint Preux, and we were respectful to other extremely, and I still received there and have my job.
"There's been men before, Lyoto Machida and Glover Teixeira, folks who I've no issue with absolutely, and I venture out there and do my job still, so I've never been a man who actually needed the dilemma. I simply know that it is amusing for the followers, and every occasionally you get because of it that little extra force. But without that little extra even, I'm still extremely hard-working. That is why I've never lost."
UFC 200, that will feature Jones vs. Cormier II in the key event, needs places at the T-Mobile Market in NEVADA, On July 9 nevada.