Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight titleholder Jon Jones is tentatively scheduled to defend his strap for the second time against Alexander Gustafsson at the UFC 177 pay-per-view (PPV) event on Aug., 30, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The only problem is, "Bones" now wants to fight Daniel Cormier, seeing as how he already defeated "The Mauler" once before at UFC 165. And it doesn't matter how close it was, a win is a win, according to the champ.
But UFC President Dana White, who is still trying to get his 205-pound champion to sign the bout agreement to face Big Gus, says if Jones wants to go down as the best ever, then he needs to stop turning down opponents.
Furthermore, White says as soon as Jones is on the cusp of becoming the star he can be, he starts rejecting fights. That's according to his conversation with The Albuquerque Journal (via MMA Fighting) while in town to promote this weekend's (June 7, 2014) UFC Fight Night 42 event.
"Gustafsson's next in line. Even Cormier said, ‘Listen, I hope this whole things works out for me and I get the shot, but even I believe that Gustafsson deserves the next shot.' [Gustafsson is] the No. 1 contender, he's waited for this rematch and [Cormier] even agrees. It’s just one of those things that sucks, to be honest with you. As soon as [Jones] starts to build some steam and starts to become the star that you think he can be, he comes out and doesn't want to fight somebody. You're the champion, you're the pound-for-pound best guy in the world, and he says he wants to be known as the best ever. Well, you don't turn down opponents, you know what I mean? You've got to fight all the best in the world, anyway. You're the man; everybody's gunning for you."
While this isn't the first time Dana White and Co. have had problems getting Jones to play ball, they didn't think they would have to deal with something like this so soon, given the fact that the whole UFC 151 debacle didn't exactly paint "Bones" in a good light.
Nevertheless, White has a face-to-face meeting scheduled with "Bones" on Thursday at UFC headquarters, where the head honcho will once again try his best to get him to sign the fight contract to face Gustafsson.
Whatever happens, critics can keep their opinions to themselves because at the end of the day, it's Jon's career, not theirs.