It's no secret that Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones are bitter enemies, but the rivalry ratcheted up a few more notches on Monday as the two engaged back-and-forth in a social media war.
It all started after Cormier told FOX Sports that he was willing to help Ovince Saint Preux train for his upcoming fight against Jones at UFC 197.
Jones took offence to the light heavyweight champion offering assistance to his April 23 opponent and immediately reacted with a post on Twitter.
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It didn't take long for Cormier to respond to Jones' response, unleashing a vitriolic series of messages just hours later. Cormier put Jones in the crosshairs of an attack that blasted the former champion for any number of errors he's made during his career:
Coward is running from the scene of a crime without checking on person you hurt. Coward is refusing to fight Gustafson. Coward is ufc 151— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) April 4, 2016
Jon jones I have never been afraid of you or anyone in my entire life. You calling me coward is insane. Your day will come bitch.— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) April 4, 2016
Not only did Cormier bring up Jones' 2015 arrest for a hit-and-run accident that eventually resulted in 18 months probation, he also recalled the positive drug test for cocaine from late 2014 Jones received before their first fight a few weeks later.
Jones you can't hurt me, u lunch like a bitch. Ur not winning decision next time. Just don't get ur dumb ass arrested again. Loser junkie— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) April 4, 2016
Nothing was off the table in the Twitter blast. Cormier also included a veiled shot at Saint Preux, who replaced him at UFC 197 after the light heavyweight champion suffered an injury that forced him off the card.
O my god jones is cool he took late notice fight, yea I'd fight osp too. I'd do it on 1 day notice. Harder fight you'd tuck ur tail again— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) April 4, 2016
Remember jones I didn't call u coward when u moved our 1st fight due to injury hypocrite. That's biggest word I'll use when talking to u.— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) April 5, 2016
Last tweet. Jon ur dumb! Like really dumb. Get off ur high horse and stop riding the white horse. Junkie , I'm gonna rip ur head off!— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) April 5, 2016
Not to be out done, Jones dropped in a final word, although he left out any further name calling.
Lol you mad bro?— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) April 5, 2016
Daniel just please explain to us all why you would help OSP if you truly want to fight me and legitimize yourself as the champion?— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) April 5, 2016
Simple question. I'll be waiting for your simple explanation— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) April 5, 2016
If there's a downside to this back and forth war of words, it's that Jones and Cormier won't be meeting at UFC 197 and the ensuing disappointment that it will likely be at least a few months before they could be scheduled for a rematch.
But if this is what things look like after their fight was cancelled, expect Cormier and Jones to really turn up the intensity when they are officially booked for second matchup later this year.