Current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Jon Jones, appeared on the MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting)to talk about on refusing to fight Alexander Gustafsson in Sweden, possible locations and how he got to this point with Gustafsson.
“I just kind of identified it with being a like strong-arm technique on their part, trying to get fans pushing for a fight and prematurely announcing a fight,” Jones said. “It’s not that I haven’t signed a contract, I hadn’t even heard that date before. I thought it was unprofessional, I thought it was a bullying technique, bully style, I don’t know what it was. But it is what it is.”
Jon Jones (20-1) has an 11 fight winning streak. He defeated Maurício Rua via TKO to win the title in 2011 and went on to defend his title six times.
“It won’t be Sweden. No chance,” Jones said. “I have no reason to. I’m the champ and he’s the challenger, I don’t find it appropriate for me to go to his back yard.”
He has defended his title and has wins over fighters named: Quinton Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen and finally back in September against Alexander Gustafsson. He is coming off a win over Glover Teixeira at UFC 172.
“I think we are in a very healthy spot. We actually talked about being in contact more often and things like that. Instead of going through my managers to talk about things, we’ll have a more open line of communication. I’m really happy about that. I feel like we’re in a very open and honest place right now.”
Jon Jones (20-1 MMA, 14-1 UFC) will meet the number one contender Alexander Gustafsson (16-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) will meet on September 27th on pay-per-view.