Well, that was awkward.
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones joined title challenger Daniel Cormier onstage Tuesday evening in Los Angeles for a Q&A session prior to their Sept. 27 showdown at UFC 178, and things quickly got out of hand.
As Cormier discussed how he envisioned their fight playing out, Jones interrupted, saying, "It's going to be intimate."
This was only the beginning, as Jones continued, "I'm going to make him my wife. You're going to be Mrs. Jones for the night. I'm going to rub on that big ole belly, and you're going to like it."
Despite moderator Megan Olivi's attempts to change the subject, Cormier responded, "It's [my belly is] going to be right in your face. I'm going to put it right in your face. I'm going to smother you with my big ole fat belly."
Joking aside, Jones and Cormier remained complimentary and civil during the Q&A session for the most part, especially considering the nature of their now-infamous showdown Monday afternoon at the UFC 178 media day.
Cormier admitted that Jones was a "tall order," and he said he truly hopes Jones is his equal, as he's been wanting to get tested inside the cage since he began his professional career.
Daniel Cormier: “I have been waiting for the man that is my equal for so long. Please be that guy, Jon Jones."— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) August 5, 2014
Jones, meanwhile, complimented Cormier's wrestling achievements and acknowledged the task at hand before eventually conceding that he expects to dominate the match as usual.
All things considered, neither fighter seems rattled by the scuffle that happened Monday, and both fighters seem determined and motivated heading into their title fight. Barring any unfortunate injuries or setbacks, fans can expect a monumental scrap when Jones and Cormier set foot inside the UFC Octagon on Sept. 27.
Whom do you have taking this fight? Will Jones remain the champ, or will DC end his reign?