Jones felt 'bullied' into taking Gustafsson rematch
Reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light-heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones was not happy with how his rematch against top contender Alexander Gustafsson came to fruition.
Jones revealed that he had not signed a contract for the fight when UFC president Dana White announced that he will be fighting Gustafsson in a rematch on August
Jones, who escaped with a close decision victory over Gustafsson when they fought for the first time, told The MMA Hour that he saw it as a bullying technique on the UFC’s part.
"I just kind of identified it with being like a strong-arm technique on their part, trying to get fans pushing for a fight and prematurely announcing a fight," Jones said, as quoted by MMA Fighting.
"It's not that I haven't signed a contract, (but) I haven't even heard that date before. I thought it was unprofessional. I thought it was a bullying technique, bully style. I don’t know what it was," he added.
Jones eventually agreed to the rematch, and the fight date was also changed to September 27. The champion now said he has a "very healthy" relationship with his promoters in the UFC.
"We actually talked about being in contact more often and things like that. Instead of going through my managers to talk about things, we'll have a more open line of communication. I’m really happy about that," Jones said.
"I feel like we're in a very open and honest place right now," he added.