Jon Jones has defended himself from critics and said that the UFC is to blame for 'bullying' tactics in regards to his rematch with Alexander Gustafsson.
The Light Heavyweight champion wasn't happy when the UFC announced that he would be fighting Gustafsson, as he hadn't agreed on the date yet.
Jones appeared on The MMA Hour on Monday, in part to promote the new UFC game, and also to defend himself and explain his side of the story.
"Originally, I just kind of identified it as being like a strong arm technique on their part. Get fans pushing for a fight prematurely. I hadn't even heard that date before. I thought it was unprofessional, a bully tactic," he told host Ariel Helwani.
It caused quite the stir when Jones rejected the fight, and had people suggesting that Jones was trying to dodge fighting Gustafsson again. Helwani said that he thought Jones being scared was the narrative the UFC wanted, which Jones agreed with.
"It looks like that's what they were doing for sure. It was annoying but I just needed to weather that storm and let everyone call me a chicken for a few weeks until I got to get in there and negotiate the contract.
"It wasn't that it was tough, it was just something that I knew I had to do. I knew that them announcing the fight early was to get fans harassing me, pretty much. I just had to never mind the masses and do what was best for me and my family."
Although he was keeping quiet, Jones did take some time to 'troll' the fans, by posting, and soon deleting, an Instagram video where he took a shot at fans who suggested he was scared of Gustafsson because he wanted to fight Daniel Cormier instead.
While speaking to Helwani, Jones also once again rejected the idea that he'll fight in Sweden, which Dana White has been touting as a possibility ever since UFC 172, where Jones defended his title against Glover Teixeira.
"It won't be Sweden. No chance," Jones said. "I have no reason to. I'm the champ and he's the challenger, I don't find it appropriate for me to go to his back yard."
Instead, he'd rather fight in Nevada or Toronto.
The two had their classic bout at the Air Canada Center in Toronto last September. Jones emerged victorious via unanimous decision but it was close with two 48-47 decisions and one 49-46.
His only issue with Toronto was the hassle of paying Canadian taxes and he'll want as little issue as possible, especially with his new contract which he noted he's "extremely happy" with.
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