Jones: How does wanting to fight Cormier make me a coward??!?

Thursday, June 05, 2014

When UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones edged out Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 in September of 2013, the UFC wanted an immediate rematch. Jones is the best fighter in the sport, and didn't want a rematch, he wanted to fight Glover Teixeira. So Jones got Teixeira, and picked him apart, winning every round on every judge's scorecard at UFC 172 in April.

Now the UFC wants the rematch, and again, Jones doesn't, this time saying he wants to fight the undefeated Olympian Daniel Cormier. First the UFC announced that Gustafsson had signed a bout agreement for UFC 175. Then UFC president Dana White mused that Cormier could end up fighting Gustafsson, after Cormier said he hoped an Interim title would be on the line.

A number of fans voiced the opinion that Gustafsson had gotten inside Jones' head, and that he was looking at an easier fight in Cormier. Given Cormier's record, there is not a single easy thing about him.

Jones took issue with those fan assessments, via Instagram. Then in a repeat of an unfortunate pattern, Jones deleted them. However, Jones is nearing 1,000,000 followers. Deleting something doesn't make it go away.

“Asking for an undefeated Olympic wrestler, Strikeforce champion makes me somehow a coward?” asked Jones. “How about the fact that I beat Gustafsson already? Whether you guys like how close it was or not. It’s my career. Not yours.”