While the rematch between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier might have been delayed, the hostility between the two fighters has certainly not lessened in the interim.
On Wednesday it was confirmed that Jones and Cormier would headline UFC 200 on July 9 in the absence of Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz.
After Cormier withdrew from their initially scheduled rematch, which was supposed to take place at UFC 197 last weekend, due to injury, Jones ended up fighting Ovince Saint Preux whom he beat by unanimous decision.
However, there is plenty more history to the narrative these two share than just that.
In January of 2015 at UFC 182, Jones successfully defended the Light Heavyweight championship he had won back in 2011 as he triumphed over Cormier by unanimous decision, losing only one round on the night.
Since then, Jones has been stripped of the belt for his involvement in a hit-and-run incident. It was also later revealed that Jones failed a drug test one month prior to UFC 182, as he tested positive for cocaine.
Cormier claimed the vacant title by beating Anthony Johnson at UFC 187 and defended it at UFC 193 against Alexander Gustafsson.
During their first press conference as the headliners of UFC 200, the pair quickly made up for the time they have spent apart from each other.
“We all saw your bum ass fight on Saturday,” Cormier said of Jones’ rusty performance against Saint Preux.
“You show up like that, I’m gonna beat that ass.
“This time, I’m going right over and taking him down. I’m gonna hold his ass down for 25 minutes.
“He’s an idiot. He’s an addict, a drug addict.
“Competitively, I respect what he’s done. He beat me, so I do want to fight him again.”
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) April 25, 2016
While Jones gave the presser a slightly somber mood after explaining that the amputation of his mother’s leg, which was caused by health problems, was a huge distraction in his preparations for the Saint Preux fight, he never missed his opportunity to sledge his foe.
“A lot of you guys don’t realize what’s been going on in my personal life,” Jones explained.
“My mom is in a bad spot, losing a fight to diabetes right now. She got her leg cut off the same week of my fight. That really messed with me a lot. I was in jail the same month of my fight.
“Everyone is talking about my performance being bad. I got punched twice and won a unanimous decision. If that’s a bad performance, then look at the level people expect from me.”
When that was all cleared up, Jones started on Cormier.
“You guys ready to see DC get his ass whooped again?” the troubled fighter asked the crowd.
“We’re gonna send him crying. It’s gonna be a good one.
“I don’t question DC’s ability to beat everyone else, he’ll just never beat me.”