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Daniel Cormier won’t allow USADA-regulated Jon Jones to have UFC tune-up fight

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Remember that sloppy, humdrum performance former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Jon Jones turned in against Ovince Saint Preux at UFC 197?

Get used to it.

That’s the kind of fighter “Bones” has become, now that he (and the rest of the promotion) has been forced to answer to United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) before and after every fight.

That’s according to longtime nemesis and current 205-pound titleholder Daniel Cormier, who scoffs at the idea of giving Jones a tune-up fight before competing for the division title.

“Take the fight with me, Jon Jones, there’re no tune-up fights in the UFC,” Cormier told UFC Tonight. “Try to get your title back. Come meet your boy ‘DC.’ It’s my rules, I’m the champ now. The guy we saw against Ovince Saint Preux is the new USADA-regulated Jon Jones.”

Blame those confounded penis pills.

Jones holds a win over Cormier from their first encounter at UFC 182; however, “Bones” was stripped of the title after his real story of the highway patrol. They were expected to run it back at UFC 200 last July, until yet another slip-up (and suspension) from the ex-champ.

Third time’s the charm? We may find out here.