Jon Jones Takes Twitter Heat After Trying to Play UFC Matchmaker

Written by Tom Ngo
March 9th, 2014

UFC Light Heavyweight Jon Jones

Reigning UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones (pictured) is trying to give UFC matchmaker Joe Silva a run for his money.

After watching Alexander Gustafsson claim the top contender moniker by trouncing Jimi Manuwa on Saturday, Jones took to Twitter and suggested Gustafsson beat a more credible competitor before getting another crack at the crown.

Gustafsson now advances to either rematch Jones or Glover Teixeira, whoever leaves UFC 172 with the hardware. Jones believes Gustafsson should square-off with Daniel Cormier to solidify his next dibs status. 

“Why not give the winner of Alexander and DC the winner of myself and Glover??” Jones asked on the social media network.

It didn’t take long for keyboard warriors to accuse him of being scared of Gustafsson, the man who pushed him further than anyone ever has but fell just short in September’s controversial unanimous decision defeat. They also claimed Jones was trying to duck Cormier, who many believe has the arsenal to dethrone the most decorated light heavyweight champion in UFC history.

Call me what you want but I can’t be the only person who thinks that makes perfect sense,” Jones responded. “Wouldn’t the world pay to see?

“Give top fighters unknown competition to keep me challenged? Either way I fight the strongest man standing. I see DC congratulating Alexander and making comments about waiting his turn now.. I wonder if they’re afraid to fight each other?”

With Jones having practically lapped the light heavyweight field, especially if he disposes of Teixeira on April 26, it wouldn’t make sense for the UFC to pit Gustafsson against Cormier because it would eliminate a legitimate contender for Jones when that’s exactly what “Bones” is in need of.

Either way, Jones says he simply wants to fight the best. He certainly ain’t scared, homie.

“Listen closely, I’m not running,” Jones wrote to end his hour-long Twitter session. “People who don’t like to think are quick to call me afraid. Think about it, I’m asking for the meanest of the two.”

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