There hasn’t been a whole lot of heat generating behind September 21st Jon Jones vs Alexander Gustafsson fight. A lot of people don’t think The Mauler has a chance of beating Jones, and the best marketing the UFC has done is point out how Gustafsson is a little taller than the champ. From there we had a decent staredown during the World Tour and Alex trying to channel some of Chris Weidman’s iron conviction, but that’s been about it. Until today, where Gustafsson took things to the next level and got personal with Sweden’s Kimura site:
He’s a little brat in an adult’s body. A very immature boy in a grown man’s body. It is Jones. It is not always that a person is himself in front of the cameras, and there you have Jones. Are you with him for a week, as I did at UFC World Press Tour … he way you behave. He is a real bully. It’s like you give a shit kid everything. Why do not you speak up, you just say yes, yes, everything that a kid ask for. Since there are no limits. It is all haywire. No, his behavior then … No, I’m not a fan of it if I say so.
He throws out the stupid comments. We would do an interview together in England. Me and Andrew (Michael) had to sit and wait for Jones was delayed. When he comes in 45 minutes late, he asks not even apologize. Neither me or to those who would do the interview. I am a professional and have great respect for Jones as a fighter. There are not many who can do what he has done and he deserves all the respect. But as a person, as a role model, I’m really not a fan.
Funny, half those reasons are the same ones fans throw out as to why they don’t like Jones. The same thing happened when Dan Henderson was supposed to fight Jones and called him ‘unauthentic.’ Everyone paused for a moment and then thoughtfully said “Yeah, that was the word we were looking for.” It’s a good thing he typically puts on an entertaining beatdown. That’s why I’m tuning in on Saturday … to see Jones dismantle another contender in devastating fashion. That, and to see Khabib Nurmagomedov sambo the shit out of Pat Healy.