UFC Releases Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier’s Phone Conversation

Jon Jones expresses admiration for Cormier.

VIDEO: Jon Jones Praises Daniel Cormier!

The current UFC heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, hasn’t fought since his dominant victory over Ciryl Gane at UFC 285 in March 2023. According to UFC President Dana White, Jones is scheduled to defend his title against former champion Stipe Miocic later this year. Meanwhile, interim heavyweight champion Tom Aspinall is set to defend his interim title against Curtis Blaydes at UFC 304 next month.

A Glimpse Behind the Scenes

Earlier this week, the UFC released a new documentary, offering fans an exclusive look into Dana White’s business negotiations. One of the standout moments from the documentary features a phone conversation between former UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones. The video has garnered significant attention, considering the historic rivalry between the two fighters. Watch the clip below!

The Rivalry and Mutual Respect

Jones and Cormier’s rivalry is one of the most storied in MMA history. They first clashed in 2015, with Jones winning by unanimous decision. Their rematch in 2017 ended with Jones delivering a devastating head kick knockout, though the result was later overturned to a no-contest due to Jones testing positive for a banned substance. This rivalry is marked by intense competition and personal animosity, making their interactions both in and out of the Octagon highly compelling.

In the recent video, Jones expresses admiration for Cormier, highlighting his qualities as a champion, father, and human being. This unexpected display of respect from Jones contrasts sharply with their infamous verbal sparring. In the past, they have exchanged harsh insults off-air, demonstrating the deep-seated tension between them. For example, during an off-air exchange, Jones and Cormier traded expletives and threats, showcasing the intensity of their rivalry.

Cormier’s Post-Retirement Role

Cormier retired after his trilogy fight against Miocic at UFC 252 in 2020, which he lost via unanimous decision. He has since transitioned to a successful career as a UFC commentator and analyst, providing insights and analysis for fans worldwide. His expertise and experience in the sport have made him a respected voice in the MMA community.


UFC 304 with Tom Aspinall – Preliminary Fight Card

  • Welterweight Title Bout: Leon Edwards (c) vs. Belal Muhammad
  • Interim Heavyweight Title Bout: Tom Aspinall (ic) vs. Curtis Blaydes
  • Lightweight: Paddy Pimblett vs. Bobby Green
  • Featherweight: Nathaniel Wood vs. Daniel Pineda
  • Featherweight: Arnold Allen vs. Giga Chikadze
  • Flyweight: Muhammad Mokaev vs. Manel Kape
  • Women’s Strawweight: Molly McCann vs. Bruna Brasil
  • Women’s Bantamweight: Shauna Bannon vs. Ravena Oliveira

This fight card promises an exciting event with several high-stakes matchups. Stay tuned for more updates and make sure to catch all the action live.

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