UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was caught off-guard a bit when the UFC decided to release a promotional video highlighting the interaction he had with Daniel Cormier off-camera.
Jones, who meets Cormier on January 3 at UFC 182, stated on a recent episode of “UFC Tonight” that he was bothered by the decision, but understands it’s “in the best interest” of the company to use it.
The two were being interviewed on ESPN after their infamous brawl following a press conference. When the live cameras went off, the two traded barbs, with “Bones” threatening to kill Cormier.
“At first I was a little offended that the UFC would post something like that,” he said. “I don’t think it’s healthy for the general public to see the UFC champion say they’re going to kill someone. I don’t think it’s really in my best interest.”
Jones has had a few previous run-ins with the company, including his decision to not fight Chael Sonnen on short notice a few years back that ultimately led to the cancellation of an entire UFC pay-per-view event.
“It’s in the UFC’s best interest (to use the video),” Jones said. “So I kind of had to swallow my pride. I said it.”
Below is the video promo Jones was referring to: