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Daniel Cormier: Anthony Johnson got played by Jon Jones during fake press conference brawl

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Esther Lin

Did Anthony Johnson just show his hand?

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight No. 1 contender was all "buddy-buddy" with reigning division kingpin Jon Jones, after the two engaged in a fake brawl (a parody of this, no doubt) during a recent press conference.

A move that may have allowed "Bones" to gain a mental edge.

That's according to former top contender Daniel Cormier, the man who went to war with Jones earlier this year after several intense months of heated appearances (like this one). "DC" explains how "Rumble" may have taken a wrong turn during the UFC 184 post-fight show (via MMA Junkie):

"That whole little thing they did at the press conference, you don't want to do that as a challenger. Why would Anthony ‘Rumble' Johnson want to be Jon Jones' friend? I understand good sportsmanship, but don't let him goad you into playing games with him. You are coming to take that guy's livelihood. You're his opponent. You go out and get that guy. Don't be his friend and get you to be buddy-buddy with him. Don't give him any comfort. Go after him and intimidate him. They're going to fight in May, so you don't need to go out and do it at the press conference. But again, I kind of disagree with that. It's a game of inches, and you don't want to concede to the champion that he can actually draw you in. I love ‘Rumble' Johnson, I think he's great, and I think he has a fantastic chance, but I believe Jones is going to win."

Watch their staged confrontation right here.

Johnson will try to do what Cormier (and 21 other men) could not, and that's defeat Jones. They're currently scheduled to hook 'em up in the UFC 187 main event, which takes place on May 23, 2015 inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

According to "DC," the battle may have already been won.