It's definitely starting to look like the brawl between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier at a media event last week was the result of genuine animosity, rather than a marketing stunt.
Jones and Cormier appeared on SportsCenter earlier this week to discuss the brawl. It was tense, but civil. Before they went on the air, however, the pair had quite the heated exchange.
The video was quickly scrubbed from the Internet, but here's a transcript of the exchange:
Jones: Hey p***y, are you still there?
Cormier: (smirks) I'm here. You are just the fakest person. I actually admire that you can be this fake, and then when the TV comes on you can just change, it's like you're a chameleon. It's awesome! It is unbelievable!
Jones: I'm a professional, the fact that you're a p***y hasn't changed.
Cormier: It's unbelievable how fake you can really be! You are just such a f***ing p***y. My God, it is amazing. It is amazing. Well, hats off to you. You got a great PR person. They do a great job with training you because you are just terrible. You are the f***ing scum of the earth. You are a terrible human being, but you can sure turn it on, huh?
Jones: Thank you.
Cormier: I wish they would let me next door so I could spit in your f***ing face.
Jones: You know I would absolutely kill you if you ever did something like that.
Cormier: You could never kill me.
Jones: I bet you I could.
Cormier: Then you should try, Jon. You really should try, Jon.
Jones: I would literally kill you if you spit in my face.
Cormier: Yeah, let's try that, Jon.
Jones: I'm not saying I would fight you, I'm saying I would kill you if you did some stupid s*** like that.
Cormier: Do you think I'm just going to sit there and let you kill me, Jon? I mean really!
That looks like honest-to-god hate. Hopefully Jones and Cormier keep trading barbs right up until their fight on September 27.
- Dan Gartland