After Jon Jones tried to put an end to their dispute by asking him to commentate on his comeback fight, Daniel Cormier wasn't sure how to respond.
When 'Bones' challenges Ciryl Gane for the vacant heavyweight championship at UFC 285 in Las Vegas on March 5, it will be his first return to mixed martial arts since February 2020.
When he was at the height of his powers, Jones captured the light-heavyweight title on several occasions and defeated Cormier twice.
'DC' is now retired and has grown to be one of the UFC's favorite analysts.
Cormier is anticipated to return to the commentary box for UFC 285 after missing the UFC's most recent trip to Australia for Islam Makhachev vs. Alexander Volkanovski, and Jones is remarkably cool about it.
He tweeted: “DC you are more than welcome to commentate at my fight, I think you are really good at what you do. I trust that you would be non-biased. All the best brother.”
On his YouTube channel on Thursday, Cormier responded to Jones' remarks and maintained he doesn't require one‘s consent to work the upcoming UFC pay-per-view event. He said: “You guys know how I feel about Jones and how we have felt about each other in the past. But it leads me to this question: How do I take this?
“This particular tweet, which at times feels like a compliment, but also could be interpreted as a bit of a dig, considering at times, people call me biased in my commentary and all this other stuff.
“First, just for the record, I don’t really need permission to call someone’s fight.”
This won’t be the first time Cormier has commented on one of Jones’ fights.
He was on the mic when his 35-year-old rival faced off against Ovince Saint Preux in April 2016 and won the interim light heavyweight championship to set up their rematch.
He added: “I’ll be honest with you, it’s kind of nice hearing a fighter acknowledge, that even with our history, he believes that I can do him justice and do the job fairly because I’ve done it before.
“It seems now that Jones is maturing. He seems to be taking a much different approach to the build to the fight and how he’s approaching everything. But it feels nice for him to acknowledge, ‘I think this guy could do me justice.”
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