The rivals will battle for a second time this Saturday at UFC 200, after Jones decisioned Cormier back in January, 2015. Following that fight, Jones had a well documented, run-in with the law, and was stripped of the light-heavyweight title. He didn’t return to the cage until this past April, when he worked his way to a UD win over Ovince Saint Preux, and became the interim champ.
“Well, yeah, DC said that because I used to be such a party animal that I burned my candle at both ends, that I’m 28 but really I’m 40 or whatever,” Jones said. “I think misery loves company. I think it’s apparent right now, when you look at me and you look at him, you can tell he’s had a hard weight cut. Look at his face, he’s all drawn out. I mean, he just got over a knee injury. I feel fine. I’m not even sure if he’s knee’s 100 percent. I doubt it, I’ll test it out on Saturday.
“But, yeah, I feel great. How can you convince someone that getting sober and living more healthy will make you older. I beat him in the prime of my partying. So, we’ll see. We’ll see who’s the 40-year old on Saturday.”
Now, obviously, partying hard and abusing drugs takes its toll. But, there’s certainly no real indication that’s occurred yet with Jones. Further, as the consensus, greatest 205’er ever noted, he ruled the light-heavyweight division when he wasn’t focusing all of his time and energy on being the best. That’s a frightening thought really, if you’re a light-heavyweight in the UFC.
UFC 200 will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.