Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier’s on-air war of words during an ESPN interview to talk about their brawl earlier this week has been well documented, but now a jaw-dropping off-air exchange between them has also emerged.
ESPN’s mics picked up a heated verbal altercation between them as they waited for their live interview, and included Cormier saying that he wanted to spit in the champions face, while Jones retaliated with a death threat.
Both fighters were apparently unaware that they were being recorded and the UFC have quickly moved today to have the footage pulled down from the internet, but you can read the full transcript below.
Jones: Hey pussy, are you still there?
Cormier: I’m here. I’m here. You are just the fakest person. I actually admire that you can be this fake, and like, when the TV comes on, you can just change. You’re a chameleon.
Jones: I’m a professional…
Cormier: It’s awesome. It’s unbelievable. Unbelievable.
Jones: …but the fact that you’re a pussy hasn’t changed.
Cormier: It’s unbelievable how fake you can really be. You’re such a f*c*ing pussy. My god. It is amazing. It’s amazing. But hat’s off to you because you have a great PR person. Because they have done a great job training you because you are just terrible. You are the f*c*ing scum of the earth. You are a terrible human being, but you can really turn it on, huh?
Jones: Thank you.
Cormier: I wish they would let me next door so I could spit in your fu*king face.
Jones: You know I would absolutely kill you if you ever did something like that, right?
Cormier: You could never, you could never kill me.
Jones: Oh, I bet you I could.
Cormier: You should try Jon. You really should try Jon.
Jones: No, I would literally kill you if you spit in my face.
Cormier: Yeah, let’s try that Jon.
Jones: Literally kill you.
Cormier: Let’s try that Jon.
Jones: I’m not saying I would fight you, I said I would kill you if you did some s–t like that.
Cormier: So Jon, do you think I’m just gonna sit there and let you kill me Jon? I mean really.