Updated 01:41 AM EDT, Sat, Oct 24, 2020

Jon Jones Next Fight UFC 178 vs Daniel Cormier: Staredown Brawl Will Have 'Ramifications'

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The brawl between UFC lightweight champion Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier on Monday did not please UFC officials who are considering letting the two players "pay" for their actions.

Jones and Cormier, according to MMA Junkie, were participating during a UFC media session at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Everything went according to plan but during the usual staredown between the fighters, tension escalated, and soon after, the athletes were punching each other.

In a statement, UFC chief legal officer, Kirk Hendrick, admitted that the company is very disappointed with how Jones and Cormier behaved.

"This is certainly not a proud moment for the UFC organization. We expect more from our athletes, especially these two gentlemen, who are very well-trained and highly educated professionals. Their actions were clearly a violation of the UFC's code of conduct," Hendrick said in the statement.

Hendrick was also quoted by MMA Junkie as saying that there will be "ramifications" for the incident.

"Whether you're the champion, or this is your first fight in the UFC, there are going to be ramifications from the UFC for these actions," Hendrick added.

MMA Junkie also noted in its report that both fighters were not harmed and went home without any injuries. It added that the Nevada State Athletic Commission will also be looking into the incident and will impose actions on the two fighters after their investigation.

A few hours after the brawl, Jones and Cormier were interviewed separately for their upcoming UFC 178 fight. According to an MMA Fighting report, Jones was calm and he talked in a monotone voice while Cormier was only laughing and smiling while being interviewed. Though not exchanging punches, the two gave each other a heated exchange of words.

While Jones was making his opening statement expressing his apology, Cormier cut him off saying, "it's so fake," MMA Fighting added.

But Jones continued his business, adding that he was not proud of what he did. He said he only reacted in self defense.

"I have actually never heard a fight being described as 'intimate and passionate.' People get close to each other. But they don't put their head against yours and nudge you forward. In my lifetime, I will never, ever allow a man, I don't care if it is Mike Tyson in his prime, I don't care if it is Vladimir Klitschko, no one will ever nudge me forward with their head and not expect a reaction," Jones was quoted by MMA Fighting as saying.

For his part, Cormier said Jones made derogatory comments and was creating a very rude conversation.

The fight between the two is scheduled on September 27 at the MGM Grand Arena.

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