Jones: Gus fight was my strongest showing


The UFC and light heavyweight champion Jon Jones engaged in an extended struggle over who he would fight next. Having edged out Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 in Sept., Jones wanted to fight undefeated former Olympian Daniel Cormier. However, the fans, and therefore the UFC wanted a rematch with "The Mauler."

The fans won. Jones fights Gustafsson on Sept. 27 at UFC 178 in Toronto.

And Jones said he was delighted with final outcome, which presumably came with a healthy cut of the PPV.

However, during the negotiation, UFC president Dana White did not seem to be enjoying it.

"It’s just one of those things that sucks, to be honest with you," said White to the Albuquerque Journal. "As soon as that kid starts to build some steam and starts to become the star that you think he can be, he comes out and doesn’t want to fight somebody. You’re the champion, you’re the pound-for-pound best guy in the world, and he says he wants to be known as the best ever. Well, you don’t turn down opponents, you know what I mean?"

Jones appeared on ESPN's MMA Live, and defended his stance.

"That's funny," said Jones, as transcribed by David St. Martin for MMAFighting. "I think it was handled the way it had to be. The UFC had to do their certain strategies and things to get the fight done and I had to do my own strategy to get the fight agreed upon. We ultimately came up with something that worked for both of us. Now the fans get what they wanted, which is most important.

"I'm always learning. Every scenario that I've faced in my career is educational for me and I just take it all in and try to apply it for the future."

"In some ways that Gustafsson fight was my strongest showing. To finish that fight the way I finished it and display the heart that I did to remain being the champion, to beat Tito Ortiz' record* that very same night. I would give that one of my top showings."

"A successful showing for me is just for me to go out there and dominate. I've been able to dominate everyone I've ever faced except for Gustafsson in that first fight and success for me is to not only win this fight, but to dominate it."

*For most consecutive UFC light heavyweight title defenses, with eight.

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Lazer MMA site profile image  

6/25/14 10:58 AM by Lazer MMA

I like JBJ but see no reason to take finish only. It's not a favored outcome. Best of luck to you sir, I need JBJ to win for my forever bet to come into play.

cecils_pupils site profile image  

6/25/14 10:38 AM by cecils_pupils

No tuck, the bet discussion is in anotehr thread.  Bet was accepted.  I was just cross-posting since DF made a snide comment about Jones going only 80% in this thread, which is the crux of our disagreement. I originally proposed the forever bet just by who wins but our disagreement was about me saying Jones will destroy Gus in the rematch, so the bet was agreed upon based on a finish only, which is perfectly fine with me.  I don't usually make forever bets, but lately I have been more willing because I am getting sick and fucking tired of the Jones hate.  People don't like his character, how he conducts himself, whatever, but struggle to give the man any respect based on what he has accomplished or his skills as a fighter - they are chomping at the bit to see him lose. If I lose the forever bet no big deal, but I am confident Jones will finish Gus and make a statement.  Even if he does the haters will still keep pourin that Haterade, which makes no sense to me.

The Sultan site profile image  

6/25/14 10:19 AM by The Sultan

I agree with what you say for sure.One of the knocks i have on Jon is that he is quick to give himself too much credit. Im inclined to agree with you that he'll train harder so that he doesnt get pushed to the limits like he did in the first Gus fight. I hope he really works on his defense though as I felt Gus exposed some serious holes in his defense. When he isnt enjoying a massive reach advantage, his striking defense is below average

Lazer MMA site profile image  

6/25/14 9:25 AM by Lazer MMA

BTW, strongest showing here is double edged sword. He needs to do better IMO

Lazer MMA site profile image  

6/25/14 9:24 AM by Lazer MMA

Tuck??I like me some forever bets Cecil but I's alter to just JBJ quick. No reason to take less bro. retract prior to acceptance

Billyz site profile image  

6/25/14 8:30 AM by Billyz

agreed, I really don't care for the persona but he took a beating in the Gus fight and kept pushing forward. Proved he definitely has heart chin and grit to go along with his talents god given or earned. Still think Gus could have possibly be claimed victor of the fight but it was a hell of a fight.

cecils_pupils site profile image  

6/25/14 6:44 AM by cecils_pupils

^^^I never said my posts were refined, I talk plaenty of shit.  Mr. Pickles seems to think there is some monumental difference in the quality of a poster based on their higher numbers.  I have seen many 01ers with less than 1000 posts.   What's my point?  It's not how much you posat that matters.  If I die on ther shield so be it brother.

DoomFarmer site profile image  

6/24/14 7:25 PM by DoomFarmer

Well, despite how refined you seem to think your contributions are, you won't be posting shit in a couple of months. At least not from this particular account.

FTUGTT_Mix6APlix site profile image  

6/24/14 6:40 PM by FTUGTT_Mix6APlix

I think he means it was his strongest showing based on the fact that it was a very even fight where he actually took some punishment, persevered, and took UD.Great fighters need to be pushed to their limits, and I think Jones realized and grew up a lot in that fight. He'll train and fight harder. Iron sharpens iron, and I bet Jones will come back sharper than ever.

cecils_pupils site profile image  

6/24/14 7:44 AM by cecils_pupils

All that means is Doom Farmer likes to run his mouth, whereas I pick and choose what I comment on.