Despite all this, Jones is roundly the more liked fighter between the two. He had a auto accident with a pregnant woman and fled the scene of the crime (only to come back to recover some weed).
Jones' biggest issues have always been with himself. I think about him all the time.
"The first time I watched it, I was uncomfortable with it, because it showed me talking in 2011 and saying how I would never want to do something that would harm the image of the sport", Jones said. Case in point: the combination of Jones, Cormier, Johnson, or Gustafsson has made up every fight for the undisputed title except once dating all the way back to 2013. He popped off his t-shirt as he made his way back onto the stage to come face-to-face with Cormier after the presser had ended.
Jones says he doesn't even dislike Cormier, the man who has spent most of the past 2 1/2 years holding the light heavyweight title belt that Jones considers rightfully his.
For Jones, it's redemption and reclaiming his rightful place atop the 205-pound division, where he ruled for so long before being stripped of his belt more than two years ago after he fled the scene of a late-night auto crash in which a pregnant woman was injured. This led to a one year suspension of Jones by the United States Anti-Doping Agency and the Nevada State Athletic Commision.
Who will be victorious - Jones or Cormier?
Unfortunately for Manuwa, the history books suggest that even if something does go wrong between now and Saturday night, he's unlikely to get a shot.
The 12-fight event kick off Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET with three fights streaming on UFC Fight Pass. Add to that the slugfest between former champ Robbie Lawler and Donald Cerrone, and a preliminary card that has a number of top contenders like ex-champ Renan Barao, Brian Ortega and Ricardo Lamas.
"I don't know how Cormier is gonna do against him", Manuwa said.
This was devastating to the psyche of Cormier.
They are the two best pound-for-pound fighters in the world heading into the biggest fight of their careers. Daniel Cormier will look to get Jones down and dominate him with disciplined ground and pound.
This time around, however, Cormier promises a much different result. The bowling ball-esque Cormier employs Olympic-level wrestling with a solid boxing game to beat up men who beat up most everyone else.
At other moments in the news conference, Cormier and Jones descended into their normal bickering. I know we were opponents, but outside of that, he is a true champion for the rest of his life. I thought Cormier would have the upper hand because he hasn't had such a long lay off. This was all leading to me picking Cormier.
Jon Jones:"I wish he was just man enough to realize that he's f*****g around with the wrong era".