UFC Champ Criticizes Jon Jones' Lifting Approach

Daniel Cormier thinks heavy weightlifting may not work out so well for his bitter rival.

UFC Champ Criticizes Jon Jones' Lifting Approach
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If you've been following the physical transformation of UFC fighter Jon Jones, you know he's stepped up his weightlifting regimen by stacking on more plates. How Jones' heavy lifting strategy will translate in the Octagon has yet to be determined, but his arch nemesis, UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, seems to have already made up his mind. 

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"Maybe he feels that by getting stronger, it's going to make him a better fighter," Cormier told Ariel Helwani on Monday's episode of the MMA Hour (transcription via "The reality is, when I saw him getting so bulky, as a competitor, I thought, 'Wow, this isn't bad for me.' This isn't bad for me as a competitor, because the Jon Jones that was kind of skinny and maybe wasn't the bulkiest guy, it all worked. It all worked. His body, the way his body was, it worked. It allowed him for range; it allowed him for optimal speed. It allowed him for quickness and agility. Looking at all the extra bulk, to me I was like, 'Well, maybe this will slow him down. Maybe he won't be the fastest guy. Maybe this guy is messing with what was given to him."

Will the bigger and stronger physique of Jonny Bones work to his advantage, or will it have unintended negative consequences? The answer may not be immediate, but it will definitive once the ex-champ gets back in the Octagon to try and take back his title.Here's what Jones had to say about his new and improved size and strength gains.

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Then he told Cormier how he really felt:

Jones then reassured fans that he is not doing things willy nilly:

Before finally wrapping his thoughts on the issue with this zinger:

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