Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight titleholder Jon Jones and division No. 1 contender Daniel Cormier, who turned a routine media day appearance at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas into a violent free-for-all (watch it), were forced to answer for their actions earlier today (Sept. 23, 2014) in a disciplinary hearing in front of Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
"Bones" -- identified as the "aggressor" in the staredown -- straight-up copped to the shenanigans, but "DC" tried -- unsuccessfully -- to argue self defense.
Members of the committee reviewed the tape from last month's debacle inside the casino lobby, and fined both competitors 10 percent of their upcoming purse. With Jones set to make $500,000 for his next fight, he'll be on the hook for $50,000, whereas Cormier was dinged $9,000 relative to his $90,000 payday.
Not too bad, but there was also this recently-discovered consequence.
In addition, NSAC handed down several hours of community service (40 for Jones, 20 for Cormier), which is expected to be broken up into separate, one-day appearances for a reputable charity. Jones has to perform his service in Nevada, while Cormier gets to stay at his home base of San Jose, California.
With that matter now done and (hopefully) behind us, it's time to move forward.
Though as luck would have it, Jones was injured in training camp (thanks to this guy) and was forced to pull out of their fight, which means we're still a few months away from resolution. Cormier agreed to sit out until "Bones" was better (much to the chagrin of Sweden) and their 205-pound grudge match will now take place at UFC 182 in January.
Hopefully they can keep their hands (and mics) off one another until then.