Jon Jones not only failed to impress Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White and Chael Sonnen during his "garbage-like" performance against Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 197 last Saturday (April 23, 2016) in Las Vegas, Nevada -- see it here -- but he also failed to wow Daniel Cormier.
In fact, "DC" was quick to point out that if the "Bones" who showed up in "Sin City" is the new-and-improved version, then he will have nothing to worry about when they tango for the second time inside the Octagon.
During a recent stop at "The MMA Hour," Cormier further talked about Jones' performance and put ice on his theory that a late switch in foes was the cause for his lackluster performance by saying that "OSP" actually fought in a traditional stance instead of his usual southpaw.
As Cormier see it -- and has all along -- if Jones is wondering why he failed to put on a good fight, he has to look no further than his new training habits, which include a lot of weight lifting.
"Seeing this new guy in there on Saturday, who I truly believe is who he is now; he went home on Saturday questioning, 'Why did I fight like that? Why did I look like that? I didn't look like the guy I thought I was going to be' We saw videos of him jumping high, he jumped so high once off a box that I thought he could dunk a basketball. I was like, 'This dude is working, he's getting better.' Then I see him and I say, 'Okay, this guy is not better.' The game has changed a lot since Jon last fought and under these new rules, it is tough. That IV really does make a difference and Jon is a big guy, so, that IV makes a difference. Nobody even knew IV's were a part of USADA, this was new to everybody. No one knew that there was going to be an IV ban. But, that's him."
Of course, "Bones" himself will have the opportunity to put some ice of his own on Cormier's comments when the two rematch later this year in a Light Heavyweight title-unification match. Unfortunately, we won't find out until later in the week if they will fill the UFC 200 void left behind by Conor McGregor, as "DC" has to see what his doctor tells him during a follow up visit later today.
In the meantime, do any of you agree with Cormier's comments that the "new" version of Jones is in fact a step below the original?