With their fight being only a couple of days away at UFC 182 in Las Vegas this Saturday night, tensions are running high between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier and that led to a number of confrontations both on and off stage at yesterday’s media day.
During a staredown photo-op the two stopped only just short of going forehead to forehead as they exchanged words with UFC president Dana White holding them back. Facing the crowd for more photos it looked like the moment had passed, only for Jones to turn and say something to Cormier that started another impromptu staredown that briefly caught White unawares before he ran back to separate them.
Things got more heated backstage however when Jones manager Malki Kawa and one of Cormier’s coach Rosendo Sanchez got into a verbal confrontation. Jones and Cormier became involved and before long were shouting back and forth at each other, though people intervened to keep them from having a repeat performance of the infamous MGM Grand brawl from a few months ago.
The latest confrontation was caught on camera by former UFC fighter Tyson Griffin who’s a training partner of Cormier’s and you can see his footage and read his own thoughts on what went down below along with the official staredown between the two light-heavyweight stars.
This was just before previous video. Jones clearly isn't walking toward @dc_mma but at least he chose nicer words to use unlike when he thought the cameras were off! I'm not trying to say anyone is right or wrong for anything in these videos. I'm just giving you an update on the events taking place behind the scenes. #ufc182 #ufc #fightweek #breakbones @camacho100 @rosendo_sanchez @noad_lahat @slikbxr @leandrovbteam @official_aka