The whole scuffle between Jon Jones and UFC 178 opponent, Daniel Cormier will be under investigation by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for potential future punishment or penalty. The brawl ensued on Monday afternoon in the lobby of the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, during media day to promote their upcoming main event light heavyweight title fight at UFC 178 on September 27th.
The NSAC has requested a video of the whole incident that spilled off the stage and onto the public viewing area—fortunately nobody was seriously hurt as a result of the actions. The UFC intends to fully cooperate with the commission as they make their ruling.
The UFC has released a statement from their Chief Legal Officer, Kirk Hendrick addressing the situation.
“This is certainly not a proud moment for the UFC organization,” said Kirk 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.”
As for discipline for the two fighters from the UFC, the organization will wait until the NSAC has made their decision to act upon further, adding that there will be ramifications for Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier.
“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,” Hendrick said.
“There are going to be ramifications,” Hendrick concluded. “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.”