Jon Jones has warned he will be looking to “annihilate” light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier when they meet at UFC 200 on July 9.
Cormier was supposed to face Jones at UFC 197 on April 23 but had to pull out of the bout due to a foot injury. Instead, Jones fought Ovince Saint Preux and won via a unanimous decision.
While Jones admitted he was not at his best during his bout with Saint Preux, he has vowed to put on a show when he steps into the Octagon with Cormier.
“I believe I’m going to annihilate DC,” Jones told reporters. “So far, it’s all I’ve ever done to every opponent. Alexander Gustafsson’s the only person who had a competitive fight with me.
“Expect to see a hell of a lot more out of me this next fight. I have a strong strategy for DC.”
Cormier was a guest commentator during Jones’ fight with Saint Preux and the champion was less than impressed with Jones’ performance.
In response, Jones said that he is using Cormier’s comments as fuel to motivate him ahead of their main event bout at UFC 200.
“I listened to him commentate my fight and I got to hear all the things he thinks he knows about me,” Jones said. “You guys will see.”
Regarding his fight with Saint Preux, Jones acknowledged that he wasn’t in top form, but pointed out that he was still a force to be reckoned with.
“I was in jail for the same month of my fight. Just going through a lot of stuff. I hadn’t fought in over 15 months and everybody’s talking about my performance being so bad — I got punched twice,” he said. “I won by unanimous decision so if that’s a bad performance look at the level people expect from me. It’s really not a bad problem to have.
“I went out there, I didn’t feel comfortable in the Octagon and I still absolutely dominated that fight. I believe everything happens for a reason. I got that ring rust off of me and I got right back to the strategy and the game plan that I originally had.”
Jones also revealed that his mother had her leg amputated the same week of his fight with Saint Preux, which put him in a tough spot mentally.
“In my last fight, I had a lot of stuff stacked up against me. A lot of you guys don’t really realize what’s been going on in my personal life. My mom is in a real bad position. She’s really losing a fight to diabetes right now. She got her leg cut off the same week of my fight,” Jones said. “So that really messed with me a lot.”