Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier are no strangers to trash talk. Indeed, the two of them have been at each other's throats for the better part of a year.
Things simmered down a bit following Jones's arrest for a hit-and-run incident, coincidentally also allowing Cormier to swoop in and take control of the division. Though with Jones's imminent return on the horizon, it seems both he and Cormier are very interested in picking up where they left off.
Here's a quick recap of how all of this got started.
Originally, Cormier and Jones were slated to fight for the light heavyweight title at UFC 197 on April 23. The bout was set to headline the event and mark the return of Jones to the octagon, having been stripped of his title back in 2015. No surprise then that the two started to dig into each other (and their respective entourages) just prior to a press conference to promote the event.
However, Jones soon found himself in trouble with the law yet again, thanks to a seemingly improbable inability to drive from point A to B without incident. While Jones was taking a brief vacay in the big house, Cormier was spotted limping around at a wrestling event, calling into question if he'd be ready to fight Jones, when and IF Jones would be able to.
Luckily, the judge in Jones's most recent case allowed him just enough freedom to attend UFC 197 — so the fight was still on. Unluckily, Cormier was forced to pull out of UFC 197 shortly after due to a severe leg injury.
It was then announced that Ovince Saint Preux would replace Cormier against Jones in the octagon, with the two of them fighting for the interim LHW belt.
Here's where things started to get interesting.
On Monday, an injured Cormier appeared on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani and made an unusual offer to OSP: Fly out to California and train with him — free of charge, all expenses paid. During that training, he'd give up his strategy and clue OSP in on his secret to beating Jones.
OSP politely declined DC's offer.
For most other fighters, that would have been the end of it. However, given we're talking about Jones and Cormier, it didn't end there.
After Cormier made public his offer to OSP, Jones took to his favorite social media outlet, Twitter, to return fire.
And, of course, DC had a response (quite a few responses, actually). So many in fact that it calls into question Twitter's refusal to expand the 140-character limit.
Jones had, probably, one of the most perfect responses to DC's Twitter storm:
Which would have been the perfect end to the whole ordeal, but again this is Jones vs. Cormier we're talking about here. Bones continued to jab at DC over Twitter.
And when Jones didn't get a response:
OK, seriously, are these guys fighting or dating? Cormier finally responded:
Again, dating or fighting?
Now if we can somehow get Kanye involved...