Jon Jones’ Injury: UFC Champ’s NFL Activity Gets Scrutinized as Ex-Rival Daniel Cormier Questions Jones’ Health Conditions- “Tackled the S**t Out of Him”

Published 02/12/2024, 10:18 PM EST

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This April, the UFC will put on the three-hundredth pay-per-view event in its history. And fans are expecting the promotion to go all out for UFC 300 as it did for UFC 100 and 200. While a lot of good fights have been announced on the card, the main event is yet to be announced.

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And after Jon Jones revealed that he had turned down an offer from the promotion to headline the card due to health issues, fans fear Dana White and co. are scrambling to put together a main event worthy of headlining the anniversary mega-card. And UFC commentator and former champion Daniel Cormier thinks this is indeed the case but was puzzled at Jones’ refusal given his recent adventures.

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On their ‘Funky and the Champ’ podcast on YouTube, former Bellator champion Ben Askren and Daniel Cormier were discussing the main event of UFC 300. Askren, expecting the UFC to announce it in a Super Bowl ad at Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday, was disappointed at being left empty-handed and asked ‘DC’, a UFC insider, about it. “Just watched the Super Bowl. Why didn’t anything get announced? Tell us Daniel,” ‘Funky’ asked.

Cormier felt that the UFC did not really have anything up its sleeve after Jon Jones refused to headline UFC 300. “I think they’re having trouble with the UFC 300 main event right now. Jon Jones said that he was asked to headline UFC 300. But he says he’s not healthy,” ‘DC’ said.

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‘Bones’ was supposed to fight Stipe Miocic at UFC 295 last year, but a torn pec forced him to pull out weeks before the fight. He underwent surgery and is currently convalescing, and is expected to be out for at least another four months.

However, a recent video showing Jon Jones, on a visit to Australia tackling a rugby player to the ground is doing the rounds on MMA internet. Askren asked the New Orleans native to watch the video and felt that it cast doubts on Jones claims of not being healthy enough to fight in April.

“Bro watch that tackle. I’ve sent you the video. He tackles that dude hard as sh**, he’s healthy. But watch the way he tackles this man,” he said.

Cormier was impressed with Jones’ form during the tackle and defended his old foe, pointing out he may have technically tackled the pads the guy was holding and not the guy himself. “Oh, he tackled the sh** out of him. That was a good tackle. If I’m playing devil’s advocate, the guy’s holding a pad, so he tackled the pad,” he said. Cormier, too seemed more amenable to Askren’s point of view after watching the video. However, this was not the only shot that one of Jones’ old foes took at him as Chael Sonnen proceeded to call the champion stupid, but not for refusing a UFC 300 booking.

Chael Sonnen incensed at ‘Bones’ for revealing UFC 300 offer

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Jon Jones telling fans that he turned down a UFC 300 booking did not go down well with his former rival and verbose UFC analyst Chael Sonnen. ‘Uncle Chael’ felt that Jones’ revelation showed the promotion in a bad light and called him a bad employee for it.

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Sonnen correctly pointed out this had led fans to deduce the UFC was still struggling to put together a main event for the April card. He was puzzled by Jones choosing to reveal the information and felt this was a ‘stupid’ move on the heavyweight champion’s part.

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However, in the same interview, ‘Bones’ also indicated that he would be open to facing interim heavyweight champion Tom Aspinall after his Miocic fight, to the delight of fans. What do you think about ‘DC’ and Sonnen’s comments on Jones?

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Kanishk Thakur is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports with nearly 5 years of professional writing experience. Kanishk has expertly covered the heated rivalries of the fight game, and delivered meticulous reports of payouts of PPV events and Fight Nights, in addition to covering the personal side of fighters outside the sport. He is also an ardent Joe Rogan fan, who hopes to draw in more fans to the sport as Rogan did for him.
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