NSAC To Investigate The Jones-Cormier Brawl, UFC Says There Will Be Ramifications

August 4, 2014
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Jon-Jones-Daniel-Cormier-Brawl-UFC-178-Media-DayThe Nevada Sate Athletic Commission plans to investigate the UFC 178 Media Day altercation between light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier, and the UFC is also prepared to hand out sanctions.

“This is certainly not a proud moment for the UFC organization,” Kirk Hendrick, the UFC’s Chief Legal Officer, told UFC.com. “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.”

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has requested a video copy of the brawl, which took place at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas on Monday as the fighters were brought on stage for a customary face-off for the media.

SEE ALSO: The Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier Brawl Video

UFC cooperated fully and hopes for a swift resolution with regards to potential penalties for both fighters. After the commission takes action, the UFC reserves the right to dish out further punishments.

“We are going to reserve our right to penalize both fighters after the commission has made a decision,” said Hendrick. “We expect more from our athletes and we are prepared to levy sanctions to reinforce the appropriate behavior.”

Fortunately, there were no serious injuries to the fighters or anyone else in attendance stemming from the scuffle.

“There are going to be ramifications,” said Hendrick. “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.”

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  • b-soc

    The NSAC will slap both of them with a $5000-10000 fine and that’s it. It looked pretty mutual when you weigh it out.

  • Piotr

    Both were idiots, Jones comes across as the child in this one.

  • disqus_M2OtKNOg3E

    nothing will happen if it were guy’s on an under card they both would be fired ….

  • TheCerealKiller

    Jones touched his head, that is assault! DC was completely justified to basically punch him in the throat. At that point, Jones was defending himself. DC throwing his shoes from 20 feet away was still…. take down defense?

    This is F’in retarded.

    • MikeMcK83

      It changes on the state, but in most self defense is not unlimited. For instance, you’re not allowed to punch someone in the throat and seriously injure them because they tapped you on the forehead. The force is suppose to be “reasonable.” Which usually means close to the minimum amount of force needed to stop the threat.
      There are times for instance in which a person is assaulted but isn’t allowed to do anything if there isn’t a perceived ongoing threat. An example is one person slapping another. If the person doesn’t believed they’ll be harmed more than the initial action you can’t respond.
      If course all of that can go out the window with a jury. Lol

      If it were in Florida DC could have grabbed a sniper rifle in his room and shot jones leaving the parking lot. ;)

      • Kris-tyahn

        The law states that if you are in “fear” of your life, or if you feel that your safety could be in Jeopardy, then you have the right to defend yourself. (In Canada) I’m not sure if in the US you have the same sorta basic law in regards to that, or if it differs from stateto state.
        I work for a police department, and we always encounter assaults (attempted assaults etc.) and I remember asking my Sgt., what warrants me to “defend myself?!?” He told me that, if I thought that I would be in any type of danger or felt my safety COULD be at risk, I was aloud to defend myself accordingly.
        So, I basically said If I see a guy walking towards me & he has his fits clinched together, could I lay him out? He said, that if I felt that I could be in danger, then YES I could. I even asked if a guy was walking towards me and attempted to put his hands up (not knowing what he was going to do, whether be to fight or scratch his head), could I lay him out, again, he said if you thought your safety was in danger, yes I could.
        But then again, try explaining that to an officer or judge if you lay someone out, who was jsut lifting his arms to stretch or scratch his face…. there’s always grey areas.

        • MikeMcK83

          In the US is differs state to state. Most are very similar though. I made the joke about Florida because it has been recently national news that they allow more than others.
          In general the law is that you are allowed to defend yourself if you “reasonably” have a fear of harm. Some, like Florida, make it all about intent. That obviously makes things muddy since people fear things differently.
          If you get prosecuted and you use self defense the reasonableness of your actions will be on trial.
          It’s a very merky law everywhere, but generally there has to be at the moment, and every moment you are defending yourself.
          It’s way more complicated than it should be. People went nuts about the George Zimmerman case. (That ways my Florida reference)
          At any rate. Law enforcement has different standards. In my opinion it’s crazy what officers can get away with.
          As a general rule to the rest of us in America is that you can defend yourself using the minimum force needed to remain unharmed. If you have the ability to leave the situation in some states you must before using force.

          • Kris-tyahn

            Yeah, I hear ya man, the funny thing is officers do get away with a lot more than others, but in Canada it’s not nearly as bad, as it is the US. (no offense).

    • bajafox

      Source that touching his head is assault?

      • TheCerealKiller

        Sarcasm – the use of irony to mock or convey contempt.

  • Zach

    Touching foreheads is far from out of the ordinary during press events, especially for photo ops. Cormier is nothing more than a glorified grappler with a Napolean Complex, which is probably why he always feels ‘disrespected’. Maybe if he would stop pulling crap like this…

    • Darin

      The forehead touch followed by a shove has been seen at weigh ins a hundred times. The difference is, Dana wasn’t there to step in between them. I doubt Jones would’ve dropped his belt and shoved Dana out of the way.

      • Kris-tyahn

        Winner Winner! Also, if the touch and the push is something that happens “all the time” like Jones says, why did he then go after Cormier?!? They both have a point, Jones did push his head down & towards Cormier, but Cormier did shove him back…. Can you imagine had Jones or DC had gotten injured or cut or whatever & the title fight would have been cancelled, how much laughing do you think the UFC/Uncle Dana would do then?!?
        One of these days, something like that is going to happen & it’s going to hurt the UFC in more ways than one. (If they actually do something major to DC & Jones, in regards to keeping a % of their fight money). No suspensions or striping of the title, or making DC have to fight again for a title fight, give me a break. But if the UFC don’t want this to happen again & give “haters” ammunition about how MMA isn’t a “real sport” blah, blah, blah, then they need to punish these two where it hurts the most…. in the wallet. The “punishent(s)” the UFC hands out to DC & Jones will show us exactly how much the UFC “care” that this incident occured.

    • bvol

      Complex? He’s one of the best in the world. #2 heavyweight and will probably beat jones. What complex would he have? He’s mad because he makes a lot of money and is an awesome fighter?? Your statement doesn’t make any sense

  • Muaythai4life

    Jason High got fired for pushing a ref, Paul Daley got banned for a sucker punch – 10/1 odds says Dana White doesn’t do anything nearly as serious against either fighter here – despite the fact that Jon Jones literally shoves a UFC employee (I am aware that ref’s are not UFC employees, but the concept is similar) and Daniel Cormier throws a shoe into a crowd of people.

    both acted stupid enough to be fired. I’d strip Jones of the title and make him earn it back and I’d force DC to go on a diet and fight at middle weight.. those punishments sound reasonable.

    • Hansa

      they should strip the purse and bonuses for the fight and give it to the other fighters on the card.
      Anyway, I had to laugh at Cormier, it looked like someone had stolen his candy bar…and when he threw his shoe it was hilarious…both JBJ and DC can start a career in WWE(Worlds Worstest Entertainment)…hehe

  • sdf

    And what the f… has the NSAC to do with that? This didn’t happen in competition!! FFS, are you kidding me?
    Can I call the NSAC if my car gets stolen too?

    • Timothy Malone

      You know I have to agree. If this occurred at an official weigh-in, then yes, but this was just a UFC media event. Why does the NSAC have jurisdiction over a press event that doesn’t involve them?

      • MikeMcK83

        I believe it shouldn’t matter but it does. They control the sanctioning of the fight, and the license of the fighters. They can withdraw either for any reason they want. One thing to keep in mind the commissions when sanctioning event feel as if it’s theirs. In the same way the UFC does. It’s “brought to you by” the commission. In the same way the ufc doesn’t sign a particular fighter the nsac can choose to not license one. In the same way the ufc doesn’t make fights the nsac can choose to not allow one. For any reason, or not at all.

        I don’t really like this setup, but it’s the way it is. Too many people think that the commissions are just a money grab. Which in part they are. However, when the sanction an event they view it as there’s. Meaning they can make any decisions they want.

    • Mark McDowall

      They have authority under any fighters under license with them. Thats how they can drug test randomly and stuff. But I do agree…an investigation of two top athletes getting in to a shoving match…really? I’m glad I don’t pay taxes in Nevada!!

  • George Sperry

    You have to be kidding me, this is just pre-fight hype.

  • teddy

    Agree 100% you are a professional and should conduct yourself as such, you can wait a couple weeks.
    jones is already the dirtiest fighter in mma and this proves how low he really is, revoke his belt, take away dc title shot and ban both fighters for a year. they have to understand that proper conduct in a must.

    • Kris-tyahn

      Keep dreaming, there’s better chance of Hamas & Israel being BFF before the UFC will suspend both these fighters, especially the LHW Champ/”#1 P4P fighter…. according to the UFC” & Cormier who’s looked unbeatable at HW & LHW, with a perfect 15-0 record. Not going to happen, but taking 50% of their “fight salary” would be a great start, the see how many other fighters try the “hype up” their fight!

      But, let’s be real, they pushed each other, the only issue I think people really have is that Jones did attempt to throw some heavy punches, if landed, could have either hurt or cut Cormier, pretty much cancelling their title fight. Then Uncle Dana wouldn’t have been too pleased. But the pushing aspect of it, is a joke!

    • solo

      C’mon man, we wanna see the fight! Dont you?

      All you said is possible in a perfect world, but this isnt a perfect world dude.

  • Matt

    Yea but im sure the UFC can’t be THAT upset since now it just took the hype to the next level and will surely sell more ppv’s now. The best fights are always the ones that become personal because both fighters through the game plans out the window :)

    • Bill

      I mean come on, how awesome was the build up with Rampage / Rashad !

    • macarrech

      Yeah. I’m sure Dana will be laughing all the way to the bank.

  • macarrech

    Damn. Not even Sonnen have gone to theses extents to auto promote his fights.

  • disqus_M2OtKNOg3E

    w.mixedmartialarts.com/news/436660/UFC-releases-fighter-Code-of-Conduct/ they both broke the ufc’s code of conduct

  • disqus_M2OtKNOg3E

    why have rules if your champ and #2 can break them ??????

  • MMAFAN_TO

    CLOWNS!!! This is not WWF/WWE. This puts a blemish on the sport that UFC has worked so hard to popularize.

    • P-Pac

      OH BUT IT IS SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT JUST LIKE THE NFL LOOK AT YOUR TICKET

  • Guest

    No doubt, they’ll be banning jones from fighting for starting a brawl
    Just kidding

  • eddie eagle

    only ramification will be an increase of ticket sales for the PPV

  • Pat Garret

    Dc, started this brawl laying his hands on JJ first. At the end of the day UFC champions are human too. If someone did that to you in real life? How would you react? However being a UFC champ, you are held to a higher standard.” With great power, comes greater responsibility”