In a recent interview with Submission Radio (h/t MMAFIghting), former NCAA Division-1 standout and double Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) tourney winner Don Frye weighed in on current light heavyweight titleholder Daniel Cormier failings, and erstwhile divisional champ Jon Jones’ chances of recapturing the belt.

On the one hand the 50-year-old believes Jones will regain his title come UFC 200, whilst in the same breath he denigrates Cormier’s overall fighting persona.

“Oh my God. It’ll be the same thing. It’ll be the same thing. Cormier is the most overrated, under-performing, worthless trash talker I’ve ever heard…He’s acting like a badass, like he earned that belt. He didn’t earn that belt. Criminy. As far as I’m concerned that belt still belongs to Jon Jones.”

The fight between “Bones” and “DC” was originally slated as the headline act at UFC 197. However, the contest was nipped in the bud after Cormier was forced to pull out following a foot injury.

Jones (22-1 MMA, 16-1 UFC) who hadn’t fought in 15-plus months elected to lock horns with late replacement Ovince Saint Preux at the aforesaid event, only this time for the light heavyweight interim belt which he would eventually win via unanimous decision, thusly setting up a rematch with Cormier (17-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) for the championship proper at UFC 200.

 

UFC 200: Cormier vs. Jones ll is set to go down July 9, at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.

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