Jon Jones has been the talking point around the MMA community over the last several weeks due to him not signing his bout contract with Alexander Gustafsson in time.
Ultimately, Jones signed the rematch and the two men will duel once again on September 27, but not without a huge backlash from the fans who wanted him to sign the bout earlier.
Yesterday, Jones stated that he believes the UFC announced the Gustafsson fight before he signed on for the bout as a negotiation tactic, which was unprofessional to do.
He also said that he believes the UFC tried to turn fans against him by announcing the Gustafsson rematch before he signed the fight. The reason why Jones did not sign the fight earlier is because he thinks Daniel Cormier is more deserving of the shot; a sentiment he restated yesterday on Fox Sports 1’s “America’s Pregame” (Courtesy of BloodyElbow):
I would say Daniel Cormier has better accolades and has the better record. He’s undefeated and he’s beaten former world champions before. He is a world champion in the Strikeforce organization. So I would say Cormier. I think the fans want to see me fight Alexander more and I think that’s what’s most important.
In the end, Jones may be right that Cormier deserves the shot over Gustafsson, but the UFC makes the fights the fans want to see. The fans want a rematch of the fight with Gustafsson because it was the only tough fight of Jones’ career thus far.
If you want to see the video of the interview, check it out below: