UFC Light Heavyweight Jon Jones has taken to Instagram to defend himself from allegations that he's 'ducking' a rematch with Alexander Gustafsson.
With fans and media alike questioning why a rematch hasn't been officially signed yet, UFC President Dana White, told UFC.com that Jones wanted to fight Daniel Cormier instead.
That only added fuel to fire of the 'ducking' allegations and Jones soon responded.
The video was uploaded to his official Instagram account and while he removed the original, several copies have appeared and can be viewed here.
In the 15 second video, Jones gives a quick rundown of why he wants to face Cormier, who was due to face the winner of Jones-Gustafsson II, and saying that he doesn't care for other people's opinions.
"Asking for an undefeated Olympic wrestler, Strikeforce champion somehow makes me a coward? How about the fact that I beat Gustafsson already, whether you guys like how close it was or not. It's my career, not yours," Said the long reigning champion.
It's not the first time that Jones has riled up fans and the media with such outbursts.
Shortly after his fight with Teixeira at UFC 172, he uploaded a video to Instagram that ridiculed people who suggest that he intentionally pokes other fighters in the eyes and never gets a penalty for it.
Videos like that one and this latest outburst continue to divide public opinion on Jones, but his title rival, Cormier says that even he wants to see Jones go "100% Floyd Mayweather Jr.".
“If I was Jon Jones, being that people seem to want to dislike him, I would go 100 percent Floyd Mayweather Jr.,” he said in an interview with MMAJunkie. “He wins all the time, and people dislike him, but they always tune into see him.”
It's not so far out of the realm of plausibility that Dana White himself has been pushing Jones towards this in order to build up interest towards his next fight - whether it be Gustafsson or Cormier.
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