The rivalry between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier is one for the ages, and it's certainly the most grueling and intense feud the UFC has seen in years. But that doesn't mean the two fighters don't display moments of respect for one another every once in a while.
It's rare, but it happens.
Recently Jones found himself, once again, in trouble with the law. He was pulled over last month in Albuquerque for allegedly drag racing. Normally that wouldn't make the news, but Jones was already on probation for a 2015 felony hit-and-run incident.
The former light heavyweight champ spent two days in jail, with the threat of not being able to fight in next week's UFC 197 hanging over his head. Luckily for him, the judge went easy, only taking away his driving privileges and tacking on extra time to his community service.
Jones pled not guilty to all five of his charge,s including the drag racing charge. His legal team claims he was racially profiled and called into question the motivations of the arresting officer.
The police released the body cam footage of the traffic stop, which showed Jones using harsh language with the officer, but it also showed the negative way the officer handled the situation. It appeared that in no way did the officer ever try to deescalate the situation and only fueled the fire by answering Jones's taunts with sarcasm.
Since then, it has been alleged that the officer, Jason Brown, also had a history of racial profiling.
In one of those rare moments of solidarity, Cormier has come out in defense of Jones. While speaking to Brian Stann on SiriusXM's Rush, Cormier had this to say about Jones's traffic stop.
In that instance, I do believe that there was a little more to it than just maybe him drag racing. ... And you know I don't generally like to agree with anything that Jones does, but in that situation I do believe there was way more to that than what's led to be. And when they go to court, I think it's going to come out.
But the fact that this [police officer's] history is starting to come out shows the fact that there are some more things underlying the situation.
Cormier was set to defend his title against Jones at UFC 197 this Saturday, but had to withdraw from the fight due to a severe leg injury. Now Jones will fight Ovince Saint Preux for an interim title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.