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Midnight Mania! Daniel Cormier to Jon Jones: stop lying to yourself, get your s—t together

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UFC 214: Cormier vs Jones 2 not pictured in their UFC light heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 214 event at Honda Center on July 29, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

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Jon Jones is in the headlines for all the wrong reasons yet again. Currently, the former UFC Light Heavyweight champion faces charges of misdemeanor battery domestic violence and tampering with a police vehicle. It’s a another public disaster, one that includes an ugly 911 call and bloody fiancée.

Oh yeah, and it all happened within a few hours of his Hall of Fame induction.

As a result of this incident, Jones has been banned from the grounds of the famed Jackson-Winkeljohn Academy, though he’s still working with some of the coaches individually. It’s a rare example of Jones facing consequences for his actions, and the pound-for-pound great framed himself as a victim in the exchange, admitted that Mike Winkeljohn’s “heartbreaking” move to ban him “really hurt.

On his YouTube channel, UFC commentator and former Jones rival Daniel Cormier gave his take on the latest “Bones” situation. First and foremost, Cormier explained that Jones should view Winkeljohn’s actions as a wakeup call.

“Coach Winkeljohn’s decision shows what type of man he is, willing to step away from the money in order to stand on the grounds of what he believes,” Cormier explained (via MMAJunkie). “The next thing for me, though, is how serious must it be for a guy that’s walked out in front of thousands and thousands of people with you after the indiscretions, to finally have enough and walk away. …

“The level you have to go to in order to make these people say, ‘I’ve got to take a step back,’ is really severe. You would think, that for a young man like this, that would be a wake-up call. Those are your allies, your greatest allies. Even your greatest allies start to turn their back.”

In addition, Cormier explained that the only way for Jones to rebound from this incident was to take an honest look in the mirror. Six years after Cormier called upon Jones to “get your s—t” together to set up their rematch, “DC” offers the same advice with a more sincere intention.

“From me to this guy, we’ll never be friends. But human to human, you’ve got to get your sh*t right. And show some remorse,” Cormier said. “Before you hit that send button on those tweets, you’ve got to think about what you’re saying. It seems as though you tell yourself so many lies that you start to believe them. Don’t lie to yourself. Surround yourself with people that are gonna tell you the truth and then find some answers, otherwise it’s gonna be done. Because it’s actually close to being done.”

Stay tuned for further updates in the Jones situation


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