UFC Light Heavyweight champion, Jon Jones (19-1) has lashed out at Alexander Gustafsson (16-2) calling the title rival 'delusional' in his attempts to get a rematch.
Speaking to FOXSports ahead of his fight at UFC 172, Jones said that Gustafsson's comments about another fight so soon have made him 'lose respect' and that he needs to be more humble.
The two fought a five round war at UFC 165 in September last year. Jones edged a decision victory but both men took home Fight of the Year honours, with some putting it as one of the best fights ever.
Fans have been clamouring for a rematch and so has Gustafsson, especially after he beat the previously undefeated Jimi Manuwa (14-1) at UFC Fight Night 37: London.
However Jones is now saying that the man they call 'The Mauler' should "close his mouth and go back to the drawing board and humbly ask for a second chance."
"I find it funny, because Gustafsson lost that fight fair and square. I admit he won Round 1 and Round 3, but that's it. I won the fight." Said Jones.
Although he talks a big game, its not Jones who gets to pick his opponents with such ease. Gustafsson is the #1 ranked light heavyweight and should Jones triumph over Glover Teixeira (22-2) next Saturday then a September rematch is likely on the cards - despite the bevy of talent in the division.
Although his comments his focus on Gustafsson, Jones is also very wary of his upcoming opponent, who is on a 20-fight win streak. Teixeira as it was revealed during the week that Jones requested he and Teixeira take a random drug test.
His initial comments on the test were "I just thought I would have Glover tested because he's not the youngest fighter and everyone raves about how strong he is."
He's now said that he was not accusing Teixeira of anything and instead just 'had to be sure' because of Teixeira's strength for a 34 year old fighter.
On the other hand, Teixeira hasn't said anything on the tests. In an interview with Inside MMA last month he said that he was focusing and preparing on the fight and not the rumours and that he's going into the fight to "knock him [Jones] out".
With 18 finishes in his last 20 fights, Teixeira certainly has the history to prove it's capable and if Jones takes shots like he did against Gustafsson then the champion is going to be a world in trouble.
UFC 172 takes place from the Baltimore Arena, Maryland on April 26th 2014.
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