Morning Report: Daniel Cormier on Jon Jones’ commentary comments: ‘I don’t need permission to call someone’s fight’


Daniel Cormier will be on the call for his old rival Jon Jones’ big comeback fight.

Jones returns to action for the first time in three years at UFC 285 opposite Ciryl Gane on March 4. In doing so, Jones moves up in weight to try and replicate Cormier’s success as a dual-division champion, fighting for vacant heavyweight gold.

With Cormier having retired from competition, he has been a regular commentator at UFC PPV events. “DC” didn’t make the trip to Perth, Australia for the most recent PPV, but he’ll be back in his usual color commentary role for UFC 285 in Las Vegas, and he recently received Jones’ blessing via a tweet earlier this week.

“You know what I think about Jones, and the feelings we share about one another in the past,” Cormier stated on his YouTube channel .. “But it leads me to this question: How do I take this? Although it feels at times like a compliment at the same time, this tweet could also be seen as a slight of hand — given that people sometimes call me biased for my comments and all other things. First, just for the record, I don’t really need permission to call someone’s fight.”

Jones gave Cormier props for his skills on the microphone in the tweet, welcoming the call from his old rival, and trusting that there won’t be any bias. Despite Jones’ comments, it’s not the first time Cormier has called one of “Bones'” returns.

UFC 197 in April 2016 saw Cormier continuing to get his feet wet as a commentator. Meanwhile, Jones got back in the octagon for the first time since being stripped of his title because of a hit-and-run incident involving a pregnant woman. Cormier was supposed to rematch Jones on that night but Jones injured his knee. Jones defeated Ovince Saint-Preux in a unanimous decision and became the interim light heavyweight champion.

“I’ll be honest with you, it’s kind of nice hearing a fighter acknowledge, that even with our history, he believes that I can do him justice and do the job fairly — because I’ve done it before,” Cormier said. It seems that Jones is growing up. His approach seems different to how he approaches everything and the build up to fights. It’s nice to see him acknowledge that he thinks this man could do me right .’

“Yes, it is nice to hear him go, ‘Hey man, I believe Daniel Cormier can do the job.’ But I’m a professional. I have to be able to do the job. Jon Jones is the one I know, but I’m not sure if Jon Jones will be sitting for my interview. It’s not clear if Jon Jones and I will be attending a fighter meeting. I don’t know. Because I don’t yet know .”

, I cannot answer these questions.


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Controversy. Matt Brown addresses IV use by fighters after Dan Hooker accuses Islam Makhachev of cheating

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Lol, oh, GC.


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One down.


Get it done.

He can’t stop.




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I don’t recall Cormier being a problem during the “OSP” fight. That one wasn’t very competitive, though. He should hope that it isn’t a close call between Jones and Gane for his safety.

Thank you for reading, and happy Friday to all of our gang!


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