WATCH: Daniel Cormier Sees Red and Attacks Jon Jones Backstage

The UFC today announced that Daniel Cormier would defend his Light Heavyweight Championship against Jon Jones on July 19 at UFC 214.

There had been rumours for months surrounding the Light Heavyweight Championship, with many fans divided on whether Jon Jones should be granted an immediate title shot upon the conclusion of his suspension. The UFC today officially announced the bout, with the fight due to headline during the biggest fight week of the calendar year.

Dana White had previously stated on several occasions that he wouldn’t let Jones headline again after being popped for a banned substance just days before UFC 200, however it appears he has backed down on his word. This decision and backflipping will no doubt divide fan opinion again, although the UFC is looking to save face by mentioning Jimi Manuwa will be a backup opponent should the fight between DC and Jon Jones not materialize.

Jimi Manuwa, The man next in line for a title shot (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The two men were definitely didn’t hold back during the press conference either, with personal insults coming thick and fast.

Daniel Cormier gave his version of events on what happened backstage:

“You know what happened behind the stage? He’s a b*tch,” Cormier said.

“He’s a b*tch and he said something about my kids, so I smacked him in the face with a water bottle. B*tch ass n*gga. You know what you are. He just said he’s back, right? But is he back? Doesn’t he have two more months of suspension? Is he back? Is he really back? Are you back junkie?”

“So, I’m sitting here, and I see him. Like, I see him. He’s over there. But is he really going to be in Anaheim?” Cormier said. “Is this guy really going to go to the fight? Is this guy going to mess this up again by doing steroids or snorting cocaine or sandblasting prostitutes. What’s this guy going to do to mess this up this time?”

“Prostitutes? I beat you after a weekend of cocaine,” Jones fired back.

“And prostitutes,” replied Cormier.

As you can probably guess, Jon Jones wasn’t going to sit there and take it, throwing his own shade at DC:

“He never beat me. He never beat me, so the belt that he has over there, it’s an imaginary belt. I messed up outside of the Octagon and I got that taken away from me, but the guy’s never beaten me. In order to be the champion, you have to beat the champion. He can fight all the other light heavyweights that he wants, he can beat every light heavyweight — until he beats me, that belt over there is a piece of sh*t.”

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