So all that, ‘I’d rather fight Daniel Cormier next instead of granting Alexander Gustafsson a rematch’ mumbo-jumbo UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones (pictured) was spewing this past week was much ado about nothing.
After meeting with UFC president Dana White and UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta on Thursday, Jones agreed to face Gustafsson on September 27.
“There was never an issue with a contract. I was traveling and finally got to Vegas and got to talk with Dana and Lorenzo. We talked and September 27th, I’ll be fighting Gustafsson,” Jones stated. “I think Cormier is the tougher fighter, but the fans want to see me fight Gustafsson. There was never an issue with taking the Gustafsson fight.
“The issue was that my brother is getting married in July and I would have preferred a later date. I didn’t want to go this early and I would have preferred to go later in October or November. It is what it is. We have a date now, Sept 27th. This was a personal decision for me. I will be at my brother’s wedding and have a proper training camp.”
That’s odd, because Jones never mentioned anything about his brother’s wedding in the Instagram video he posted, then deleted, when he said, “Asking for a undefeated Olympic wrestler, Strikeforce champion makes me somehow a coward? 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.”
UFC 178 is slated to go down in Toronto, the site of their instant classic in September. However, the location was not confirmed in today’s press release so it’s possible the event could be moved.
“Obviously Jon is right, this is the fight the fans want to see,” said White. “The great thing about this is, we get Jones vs. Gustafsson, and if Jones beast Gustafsson, we get Jones vs. Cormier. Two great fights in the light heavyweight division with three of the baddest guys in the world: the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world and champion Jon Jones, and the number one and two contenders.”
Jones took a controversial unanimous decision over Gustafsson in their initial encounter. It is the only time anyone has made “Bones” look beatable inside the cage.