Surging UFC light heavyweight contender Thiago Santos will challenge current division champ Jon Jones in the headliner of July’s UFC 239 event.
The Brazilian knockout artist, Santos (21-6 MMA), is riding an impressive four fight win streak which includes finishes of Jan Blachowicz, Jimi Manuwa and Erik Anders respectively.
Meanwhile, Jon Jones was most recently seen in action at UFC 235, where he successfully defended his title with a unanimous decision victory over Anthony Smith.
”Lionheart” had remained respectful of “Bones” in the lead up to that fight but it appears Thiago Santos has no intentions of doing the same.
Santos recently spoke with Combate where he ripped the reigning light heavyweight kingpin, Jones.
“I’m not bothered by it (the controversy around Jones),” Santos said (via BloodyElbow). “It’s karma, he’ll have to live with it. He will be remembered as a roider, a guy who drives while drunk. That’s his business. I have to be remembered for not doing those things. It’s his life. If that’s how he wants to live his life, that’s his problem. It doesn’t bother me. It’s like I said, you can’t argue about his talent inside the Octagon, but outside of it, unfortunately he’s not a good role model. That’s what I think.”
With that, Santos says his lone concern resides in whether or not Jon Jones will actually be allowed to compete this July in Las Vegas.
“The thing I fear the most is him stirring up some sh-t before the event and the fight falls through,” Santos said. “That’s my biggest fear, him messing up and the fight doesn’t happen. What we want is this fight. This picogram keeps coming up and nothing happens. Am I going to go against the grain? I’ll fight him and beat him.”
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