The UFC have released an official statement in the aftermath of the brawl that took place between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier during a staredown at a UFC 178 media day at the MGM Grand yesterday.
“This is certainly not a proud moment for the UFC organization,” said Kirk Hendrick, the UFC’s Chief Legal Officer. “We expect more from our athletes, especially these two gentlemen, who are very well-trained and highly educated professionals. Their actions were clearly a violation of the UFC’s code of conduct.
“We are going to reserve our right to penalize both fighters after the commission has made a decision. We expect more from our athletes and we are prepared to levy sanctions to reinforce the appropriate behavior.
“There are going to be ramifications. Whether you’re the champion, or this is your first fight in the UFC, there are going to be ramifications from the UFC for these actions.”
Meanwhile, the Nevada State Athletic Commission have confirmed that they will review footage of the incident in the near future before deciding what course of action they will take.