According to an interview with Matt Parrino on UFC.com’s new weekly column titled “The Download,” Dana White has stated Jon Jones does not want to fight a rematch with Alexander Gustafsson, which has been in the works.
As you might remember, at UFC 165 Gustafsson and Jones fought one of the best 5-round Title fights in recent memory.
The rematch was supposed to be in the works but now, according to Dana White, Jones doesn’t want the fight:
“Just to clear up a couple things, people think we’re in contract negotiations with Jon Jones – we’re not. Jon Jones still has five fights left on his contract,” White said in the interview. “So what we’re doing right now is trying to get him to sign the bout agreement for Gustafsson. He doesn’t want to fight Gustafsson. … Lorenzo and I have a meeting with Jones on Thursday to get him to sign the bout agreement, and he’s asking to fight Cormier instead.”
Of course Gustafsson and Cormier would both want to fight Jones for a shot at the title, but it’s interesting that Jones doesn’t want to fight Gustafsson.
To be honest, it feels like Jon Jones is scared of the rematch. This was the first time anyone has done the kind of damage to Jones and negated his ridiculous reach advantage. What’s funny about this, is I think most fans of the sport would agree that Cormier is the more difficult fight.
Maybe Jones feel like he needs to challenge himself and that’s why he wants Cormier? Maybe he is scared to fight Gustafsson because of how things went last time. He hasn’t said much himself other than a cryptic tweet stating “Let’s make the distinction between bad business and bad press.”
What do you think? He scared? Let me know in the comments below.
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