Challenger Daniel Cormier says Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones is in for a "real fight" and laughed off the mind games being played by "Bones" ahead of their title showdown.
Cormier, who formerly competed at heavyweight, will face off against Jones on September 27 after the champion's original challenger, Alexander Gustafsson, suffered an injury in training camp.
Since the bout was announced, Cormier has not minced words at all and has shown no fear of slinging trash talk in Jones' way.
"I know that he (Jones) knows that he has a real fight ahead of him on September 27th," Cormier said, as quoted by MMA Fighting. "So maybe, he's trying to use mind tricks on me, to affect me."
"But I mean, oh my goodness, that is just so petty and childish. He can't use mind games on me," Cormier stressed. "I've dealt with all this stuff for so long in my life that mind tricks don't work. They won't. They won't ever work."
Cormier is currently 15-0 in MMA, and has won both his bouts at the light-heavyweight division, including a submission win over the legendary Dan Henderson at UFC 173 last May.
After beating Henderson, Cormier called out Jones, telling the champion that he cannot hide forever. "DC" got his wish a couple of months later, when he was rewarded with the chance to challenge Jones.
"There is a badder man out there for every one of us," Cormier said. "For as good as Jon Jones is, there is somebody who can beat Jon Jones."
"I believe I am that guy," he added.
The 27-year-old Jones is the top pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC. He has a 20-1 record and has defended the light-heavyweight title seven times since winning the belt off Mauricio Rua in March 2011.