Jones On Gustafsson Rematch: UFC Tried ‘Bullying Technique’
Jon Jones joined Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour to discuss his upcoming rematch with Alexander Gustafsson, as well as how he didn’t like the way the UFC got him to accept contract for a rematch.
“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.”
However several Thursdays ago the UFC had a meeting with Jones to talk, and the result was Jones agreeing to fight Gustafsson. Jones spoke on the meeting as well as his relationship with the UFC saying:
“I think we are in a very healthy spot,” Jones said. “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.”