Despite their bad blood, Daniel Cormier does think that Jon Jones is serious about his threats regarding his future in the UFC.
UFC boss Dana White has blamed the failed negotiations entirely on Jones, saying he was asking for “Deontay Wilder money.”
This comes after Jones stated that in order to make a fight against Francis Ngannou happen, he wants a pay increase just like the UFC had promised him.
In his response, Jones requested a release from the UFC.
Then the UFC light heavyweight champion stated that he was going to vacate the strap because he doesn’t think he has anything to gain from fighting someone like Dominick Reyes or Jan Blachowicz.
Daniel Cormier Thinks Jon Jones Follows Through
“I believe that he is more serious about walking away because in all those times that he was suspended and hurt and all that other stuff – gone – he kinda learned to live without that belt,” Cormier said on ESPN yesterday (H/T to MMA Fighting). “For a long time he held the belt that when he lost the belt the first time, he probably thought his world was ending. But then he was gone for two years and life probably didn’t seem all that different. So he’s probably looking at life right now and understanding that, ‘if I walk away from this belt, is my life really gonna change all that much?’ I think that gives him comfort, and being able to say the things that he’s saying. So I think to a degree he does believe, I do believe, that he’s serious.”
“You’ve got egos, right? Both of these guys have big egos,” Cormier said. “Not many people stand up to Dana White in this way and Jon Jones feels as though he’s so valuable that Dana White shouldn’t stand up to him in that way. I feel like anytime – it’s more public than normal, but if you think negotiations in football, baseball, basketball don’t resemble this, ‘Well I’m walking away,’ and then they come back to the table, ‘Well I’m walking away,’ and then they come back to the table, you’re insane. It happens at every level in every single sport, just not as publicly. It’s hidden behind a whole bunch of beautiful words.”
“I don’t think he’s wrong,” Cormier concluded. “The guy really understands his value and he’s going to stick to his guns, good for you.”