Jon Jones is at it again. The UFC light heavyweight champion recently appeared on “America’s Pregame” on Fox Sports 1 and was asked who he thought deserved a title shot more, Daniel Cormier or Alexander Gustafsson.
“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,” Jones said. Jones also acknowledged that a fight with Cormier is not what the fans want. “I think the fans want to see me fight Alexander more and I think that’s what’s most important.”
Ever since their first fight back at UFC 165 many fans (and some MMA writers) have accused Jon Jones of ducking Gustafsson. For his part Jones has continually stated that there is no reason to fight Gustafsson again. By his reasoning, he has already beaten Gus so why fight him again? Time to move on.
One thing Jon Jones has done masterfully is to continually piss off fans and pundits alike. His extended fight negotiations with the UFC leading up to the Gustafsson rematch was worthy of a professional wrestling sketch. We were all mad a Jones. And he responded perfectly.
It seems like Jon Jones is trying to stir the pot one more time with his latest remarks. Sure, Daniel Cormier is deserving of a title shot and a Jones-Cormier bout would be terrific. However, whether Jon Jones wants to admit it or not, he has unfinished business with Alexander Gustafsson. I certainly do not think he has been ducking Gus or is scared of him. Jones knows that their first fight was closer than he would like to let on (I thought Gustafsson won that fight, for the record). He also knows that the rematch will be one of the highest rated fights in UFC history.
If this is his way of hyping the fight it is a pretty subtle way of doing it. I’ve never seen a fighter continually talk about who he would rather be fighting instead of his actual opponent. But this is Jon Jones’ world, we’re just living in it.