UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones suffered a bad cut above his left eye on Monday, one that required stitches. That's a problem because he is scheduled to defend his title against Daniel Cormier soon (Sep. 27) and a cut that serious will surely mean Jones will have to miss quite a bit of contact work in training so as to let it heal and be ready to sustain punishment come fight night.
Almost any other fighter but Jones would have kept such a big chink in his armor secret leading up to a fight. Instead, the cocky champ posted a video of himself getting stitched up on Instagram (see below).
Cormier responded to the news and visuals by promising to dig into that cut on Jones' face.
"September 27th I'm gonna put so many of these on ur face @jonnybones. I can't wait everyday I'm dreaming and thinking of you. And I'm gonna take u down and grind my elbow into that cut you got today. Put a bullseye on that thing. Some things should remain private. DC," the challenger posted, on Instagram.
Jones then issued his own replies on Instagram and Twitter, which framed this cut as just the latest in a long list of obstacles and challenges he's faced and then conquered throughout his young but already legendary career. "'His hands are too fast.' 'His jiu-jitsu is too good.' 'His wrestling is too good.' 'He's too fast.' 'Too experienced.' 'Can't beat his Karate.' 'Can't beat his timing.' I've literally heard everything. Everything," Jones said in a video clip posted on Instagram.
Then, in a taunt directed specifically at Cormier and his first two opponents at light heavyweight, Jones tweeted that he's cut from a different cloth than his opponents and others in the division. "I can't wait to see the look on Daniel's face once he realizes that I'm nothing like Dan Henderson or Patrick Cummings," the champ posted.
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