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Ben Askren on UFC 182: All Jon Jones really wants is the love of the fans -- but he'll never get it

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Ben Askren decided to poke fun at Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Jon Jones a few days prior to his much-anticipated title defense against Daniel Cormier, which went down this past weekend (Sat., Jan 3, 2015) at UFC 182 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Full results here.

"Funky" sent out this tweet to Jones and Cormier, one that included this photograph of "Bones" placing third in a state tournament behind former UFC fighter Matt Riddle.

Initially, Jones didn't respond to the tweet, but naturally, it was brought to his attention during last week's media rounds and his response (via MMA Fighting) not only belittled the wrestling standout, but Bellator, as well.

Check it out:

"Yeah, I saw it. I'm not going to acknowledge it. He's a Bellator fighter. I don't want that to be taken the wrong way, but it's like, bro, you're the king of the JV league."

Scott Coker is not impressed with your insults, "Bones."

Of course, Askren is no longer fighting under the Bellator banner, taking his talents across the globe to compete for ONE FC, becoming its inaugural champion in 2014.

While "DC" found the tweet humorous, Matt Riddle -- the center of the joke -- didn't, and tweeted to Askren that not getting signed by UFC due to his boring style is more embarrassing that losing to him in a wrestling tournament.

Naturally, after "Bones" defeated "DC" via unanimous decision (video replay here), Askren couldn't help but to take another dig at the 205-pound champion, saying that despite the fact that he is the best in the world, he will never be able to obtain what he really desires, which is the love of the fans.

How about it, fight fans, who among you will defy the "Funky" critic and love the champ?