Jon Jones may have apologized to Nike for comments he made to the Nevada Commission a while back, but the UFC light-heavyweight champ has also added he didn’t lie.
If you missed it, on a recent media call to promote UFC 182, Jones relayed that Nike did not drop him because of his infamous brawl with Daniel Cormier. On the call, Jones said he and Nike had already agreed to part ways, before the incident happened. The highly publicized brawl, according to Jones, only quickened the partnership’s end.
So, as a result of Jones’ recent apology, some questioned whether the champion had lied to the Nevada Commission, when he met with them in September. At the hearing, Jones and his representative noted that “Bones” had lost income, since Nike had ended his deal shortly after the brawl.
Well, while speaking to reporters more recently, Jones made his case as to why he didn’t lie to the commission (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“The fight sped up the process of my losing my Nike deal,” Jones said. “I had like thousands of dollars of credit left on my Nike account that I never got to spend. I had several months of monthly revenue money that I never got to receive … So I lost several thousand dollars because of that fight, so technically that fight was the reason for thousands of dollars being out of my bank that I couldn’t receive. So technically, there’s, they have nothing to come back on me for.”
All this drama aside, Jones is set to battle Cormier, in the cage this time, at UFC 182 tomorrow night.
The card will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.