MANILA – Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White said they forced a rematch between UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones and Alexander Gustafsson because that’s the fight fans want to see.
“That's my job, to put on fights people want to see. If an overwhelming number of people don't want to see Jones-Gustafsson, then I probably wouldn't want to make it," explained White in MMA Fighting.
This was his reaction to claims made by Jones that he was bullied into accepting a rematch with Gustafsson.
“I thought it was unprofessional, I thought it was a bullying technique, bully style, I don't know what it was. But it is what it is," said Jones, who eventually relented by foregoing his plan to fight undefeated wrestler Daniel Cormier.
White said UFC isn’t boxing, citing a superbout that has yet to be done.
"This isn't boxing. They tried to make Floyd [Mayweather Jr.] and Manny [Pacquiao] seven years ago and still haven't made it,” he said.
For years, fight fans have been clamoring for the mega bout between the two boxers. But the camps of Pacquiao and Mayweather have repeatedly failed to reach a deal.
"We sit down and try to make everybody happy," said White, regarding negotiations for Jones vs Gustafsson II.