This week, UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones (pictured) accused his bosses of “bullying” him into granting Alexander Gustafsson a rematch.
On May 24, UFC.com announced Gustafsson had signed on to rematch Jones on August 30 in Las Vegas. Although, there was no mention of Jones accepting the sequel in the article.
It’s not like the UFC to write a piece on just one fighter agreeing to a bout, with a specific date lined up. Jones claims the UFC was trying to bully him into taking the scrap.
At the time, UFC president Dana White said the reason Jones hadn’t committed to facing Gustafsson was because they were trying to iron out a contract extension with the most decorated 205-pound champ in company history. However, that didn’t explain why UFC.com published their piece.
On this week’s edition of AXS TV’s “Inside MMA,” White didn’t deny putting public pressure on Jones to accept the sequel. And he certainly made no apologies for their tactic in sealing the deal.
“We sit down and we try to make everybody happy, but this isn’t boxing, man,” White stated. “In boxing, these guys run away, and they tried to make Floyd [Mayweather] and Manny [Pacquiao] seven years ago – fight still hasn’t been made. We make fights, that’s what we do.
“My job is to put on the fights people want to see. If there’s an overwhelming amount of people that don’t want to see Jones/Gustafsson, then I probably wouldn’t want to make it.
“And one more thing,” White continued, “If you are the light heavyweight champion, you are the #1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, you shouldn’t have to be bullied into fighting anybody.”
Now that Jones has inked his extension, which he claims to be “extremely happy” with, Gustafsson will get the rematch he’s been clamoring for on September 27.
Jones took a highly controversial unanimous decision win over Gustafsson at UFC 165 in September.