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By: Roberto Villa
At Tuesday’s (September 23, 2014 4) Nevada State Athletic Commission hearing, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and number one contender Daniel Cormier were fined. Jones, 27, was fined $50,000 and ordered to complete 40 hours of community service. Cormier, 35, was fined $9,000 and ordered to complete 20 hours of community service.
Both fighters appeared before the commission today and apologized. Jones admitted that it was his fault for the brawl and asked for leniency in his punishment, while Cormier told the commission that he acted in self-defense.
“I made us all look bad, and as a champion, it was a terrible thing,” Jones said at the hearing. “It was a very heated moment. I’ve never done anything to disgrace the sport. I’ve never swore on an interview in my seven-year career. I make a very conscious effort to be a great example and a role model. And so moments like this are embarrassing. It’s embarrassing for me and I realize it’s going to come with consequences, and as a man, I sit here to accept them.”
“Obviously, the whole altercation is viewed badly,” Cormier said. “I’m not Jon Jones. I haven’t done the things he’s done in the sport. This could be my moment. This could be my moment in the limelight. He’s carried me here and win or lose, I don’t want my lasting impression to be a guy fighting in the lobby of the MGM Grand.”
At the hearing Jones was asked if anything bad came out of the brawl, Jones said he lost his six-figure contract with Nike and possibly another potential sponsor that was going to pay him six-figures.
We will be seeing them battle it out at UFC 182 on Sat. Jan. 3, 2015.