The talk of the sports world today was the brawl at the UFC 178 media day with light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and his opponent at the show, Daniel Cormier. For people who thought the UFC would do nothing, think again.
UFC’s Chief Legal Officer, Kirk Hendrick released a statement to UFC.com on the matter. Hendrick said it wasn’t a proud day for the company.
“This is certainly not a proud moment for the UFC organization,” said Hendrick. “We expect more from our athletes, especially these two gentlemen, who are very well-trained and highly educated professionals. Their actions were clearly a violation of the UFC’s code of conduct.”
During Monday’s UFC 178 Ultimate Media Day, Jones and Cormier went face to face for a staredown and Jones slightly headbutted Cormier. The challenger shoved Jones, who then threw a left hand that missed a mile away and the brawl ensued.
Hendrick said Jones and Cormier will face penalties from the UFC following an investigation from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, who has requested video of the incident.
“We are going to reserve our right to penalize both fighters after the commission has made a decision. We expect more from our athletes and we are prepared to levy sanctions to reinforce the appropriate behavior.
“There are going to be ramifications. Whether you’re the champion, or this is your first fight in the UFC, there are going to be ramifications from the UFC for these actions.”