The bitter rivalry between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones made never go away, but as Jones once again found his name in the headlines for the wrong reasons, ‘D.C.’ does not see any joy in it. After Jones was charged with aggravated DWI and negligent use of a firearm last week, Cormier was on ‘D.C. & Helwani‘ on ESPN’s MMA show, and addressed his former opponent’s latest incident.
"Ultimately, are you a human being or does this competition overtake everything? I didn't find any joy in seeing [Jon Jones] in that situation again."
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) March 30, 2020
“When it was happening people started putting out these videos of Jones and I, we did a sitdown with Joe Rogan a while back. I was talking about how it would be very difficult for him to change, if nothing around him changed. And poor guy, that has these issues whether it be alcohol, whether it be drugs, that dead time is your worst enemy because all those vices start to pull at you whenever you’re just sitting home with nothing to do, especially if you’re not a person that does that a lot.”
Cormier would continue on to say that while those around him were celebrating the latest fall from Jones, he wasn’t willing to do so, because this is bigger than the competition aspect between the two.
“Seeing him get into trouble again, a lot of people in my circle they texted me almost celebratory, but that’s not me. I didn’t celebrate the kid getting in trouble again. I don’t think that you should celebrate or dance on someone’s grave in their darkest moments because you don’t do that to people. Ultimately, are you a human being or does this competition overtake everything? I didn’t find any joy in seeing that man, a 32-year old man, I did not enjoy seeing that man in that situation again. It’s just bad. But again, it won’t change until something or the people around him change.”
Inside the Octagon, the rivalry between he and Jones is fierce and the trash talk between the two has been ugly at times, but now that Jones finds himself in trouble with the law again, Daniel Cormier won’t take any joy from it.