Press conferences between fighters can be a little tense sometimes, and it's not really unusual for words to be exchanged and for fighters to do a lot of posturing. But, they rarely turn into a brawl.
That is exactly what happened though between UFC fighters Jon "Bones" Jones and Daniel Cormier during a Monday press conference to promote UFC 178 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The fight in the ring is scheduled to take place on Sept. 27 in Las Vegas.
The two men came out to pose for photos when Jones bumped his forehead against Cormier's. Apparently, Cormier didn't like that and he pushed Jones.
Oh here's the staredown DC& Jones pic.twitter.com/dLfswAVBgq— Heidi Fang (@HeidiFang) August 4, 2014
Jones then lunged for Cormier and Dave Sholler, who handles public relations for the UFC, tried to get in between the two men. That wasn't such a good idea though, as he leanred when Jones pushed Sholler into the canvas backdrop.
Next, the two fighters fell off the stage, nearly landing in a marble fountain. That still didn't stop them though and they continued to throw punches until MGM Grand's security separated them.
Cormier was escorted away and Jones stepped back on the stage and roared loudly while flexing his muscles.
That still wasn't the end of it though. Both fighters then took it to Twitter.
"@JonnyBones: Come on DC where was your takedown defense?" I got some td def for you. Don't ever put ur dirty face on me again.— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) August 4, 2014
I won't let another man get in my face and put his forehead against mine. I will react every time. @JonnyBones next time I will slap you.— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) August 4, 2014
I put you on your back in six seconds— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) August 4, 2014
Lol those baby punches from the bottom, I really hope you have more prepared than that for when I take you down again— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) August 4, 2014
Neither man was seriously injured during the fight.
According to ESPN, Jones is considered the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world. He was originally scheduled to fight Alexander Gustafsson, but that fighter was forced to withdraw because of a knee injury.
It is not known if the two men will be punished for the fight. Francisco Aguilar, chairman of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, told ESPN that the commission would have to review the video of the fight before commenting. He did say that fighters are asked to exemplify good sportsmanship at all times in Nevada. So, a fine is likely.
UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta declined to make a comment to ESPN about the brawl.