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Daniel Cormier has unexpected response to Jon Jones arrest

"For a guy that has these issues..."

Despite the bad blood between the two, Daniel Cormier was more saddened than anything by the recent arrest of Jon Jones. 

The weekend was eventful for the MMA community, despite no fights going down. UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was arrested for aggravated DWI as well as negligent use of a firearm. Unfortunately this is hardly Jones’ first transgression. He has been arrested for both a DUI and a hit-and-run several years back. His arch rival, Daniel Cormier, has previously used Jones’ many run-ins with the law against him, but refrained from doing so recently.

Cormier took a sensible approach, hardly celebrating his rival’s downfall like some might expect him to do.


“For a guy that has these issues, whether it be alcohol, whether it be drugs, that dead time is your worst enemy,” Cormier said on the “DC & Helwani” podcast on ESPN. “Because all those vices start to pull at you, especially when you’re sitting at home with nothing to do, especially if you’re not a person who does that a lot. Seeing him get into trouble again, a lot of people in my circle, they text me almost celebratory. That’s not me. I didn’t celebrate the kid getting in trouble again. I don’t think that you should celebrate or dance on someone’s grave in their darkest moments. You don’t do that to people.

“Ultimately are you a human being, or does this competition overtake everything? I didn’t take any joy in seeing that kid – or, at 32, he’s a man. He was a kid when he was 23. At 32, I did not enjoy seeing that man in that situation again, because it’s just bad.”

Jones and Cormier have fought twice so far, with the former winning both bouts. A trilogy bout has been rumoured for some time, but both seem to have other bouts looming. Jones will most likely defend his title against Jan Blachowicz, when circumstances allow it, while Cormier has been linked to a third heavyweight title bout with Stipe Miocic.

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for MMAnytt.com