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​Daniel Cormier Expresses His Concern Over UFC 214 Bout With Jon Jones

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​Daniel Cormier Expresses His Concern Over UFC 214 Bout With Jon Jones

Ahead of his light heavyweight title fight against Daniel Cormier, last summer, Jon Jones failed drug tests after testing positive for banned substances clomiphene and letrozole, and was subsequently handed a maximum one year suspension by the USADA (U.S Anti-Doping Agency).

Champion Cormier was left frustrated that the bout had been suspended for such a long period of time and pleaded with Jones ,hoping that he can 'Stay out of trouble' so that they can have a fair fight when both of them step into the octagon again on 29th July, at UFC 214.

Daniel Cormier
Daniel Cormier

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Jones is no stranger to controversy in the UFC, using an illegal elbow against Matt Hamill at The Ultimate Fighter 10 finale back in 2009.

In January 2015, at UFC 182, Jones defeated Cormier via unanimous decision, only to have the decision overturned after it was discovered that he had tested positive for cocaine, prior to the pay-per-view.

Later that year, the former light heavyweight champion fled from the scene of a hit-and-run incident and was stripped of his title by the UFC, following a meeting with president Dana White and Zuffa, LLC owner Lorenzo Fertitta.

Despite these setbacks, Jones' coach, Mike Winkeljohn told Submission Radio, "Jon's getting his title back. Well, the title he never lost", which shows that 'Bones' is confident that he can get back on track and reclaim his title.

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Speaking during a recent appearance on ESPN's SportCenter, Cormier sent his message to Jones.

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"Jon, seven weeks to just stay out of trouble. Come to Anaheim, get beat, and I couldn't care less what you do after. Just seven weeks, stay on the straight and narrow for seven weeks so we can do what we were supposed to do since the end of 2015. He beat me in January of 2015, I was going to fight Ryan Bader in New Orleans in June, and then I was going to get another rematch against Jon towards the end of 2015. We've been scheduled five times now we've only competed once."

The pound for pound number three in the world and light heavyweight champion, Cormier is set to prove himself in July after both him and Jones were slated for the rematch, which is now two years in the making after last summer's postponement.

When asked about what the fight meant to him, Cormier said, "I've only lost to one guy. So I need to beat that one guy, and then my legacy, I feel, is complete".

Will Cormier avenge his controversial defeat to Jones next month, or will it be another victory for 'Bones' to add to his collection?

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Have your say in the comments section below.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier, UFC, MMA

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